ANU researchers Debbie Saunders and Adrian Manning worked with the Australian Centre for Field Robotics to develop the tracking drone(Supplied: Stuart Hay, ANU)

ABC NEWS – World-first tracking drones

“World-first tracking drones developed by Australian National University researchers with help of bettongs – Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) have developed a world-first radio tracking system that uses drones — with the help of Canberra’s bettong population. The system is a big step forward in scientific animal tracking and uses robotic drones that


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ABC NEWS – tracking swift parrots in NSW

“Wildlife researcher Dr Debbbie Saunders in woodland near Tarcutta with swift parrots in the trees behind her, talking about the value of using drones to track the critically endangered swift parrot. The drone flies above the woodland and rapidly checks whether tagged birds are in that area. The video includes a lot of bird song


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Drone pilot stories: My experience in learning how to fly

Since his days as an undergraduate student in Beijing, drones have captivated Han Liu’s imagination. The endless possibilities that have been unlocked by this one platform and the opportunity to push its boundaries even further was what motivated him to become a software engineer. As a part of Wildlife Drones’ team, Han has been integral


debbie, tan and huyen from svw

Catching up with Save Vietnam’s Wildlife

At Wildlife Drones, we work with people from all around the world who have dedicated their careers to wildlife conservation. One such person is conservationist, Huyen Nguyen. Huyen is a field researcher at Save Vietnam’s Wildlife and has been using Wildlife Drones to track pangolins. To commemorate this year’s Threatened Species Day, we caught up with


Debbie Saunders and Josh Bobruk from Wildlife Drones tracking kakapo

Stories from the Field: Tracking Kakapo in New Zealand

By Dr Debbie Saunders Just weeks before Australia’s COVID-19 lockdown took effect, Wildlife Drones travelled to New Zealand’s Whenua Hou Island to trial tracking the critically endangered Kakapo. With just over 200 birds remaining, monitoring the health and wellbeing of each individual is essential to securing the species’ future. That is why the New Zealand


Debbie and the SVW pangolin drone team

Stories from the Field: Tracking Pangolins in Vietnam

In 2019, Wildlife Drones travelled to Vietnam to track the movements of critically endangered Sunda Pangolins. The Pangolin is one of the only mammals to be covered in large, protective scales. While their scales serve to protect them from predators in the wild, they are also what makes them prized by poachers.  In fact, pangolins


laura is holding a drone and debbie is holding the drone controller as they smile at the camera rosenbergs goannas project

Stories from the Field: Tracking Rosenberg’s Goannas

In January, Wildlife Drones trialed their radio-tracking drone system on Rosenberg’s Goannas in Namadgi National Park. It was a significant (and nerve-wracking) day for us. This was not only the first time we would be attempting to radio-track a ground-dwelling animal. But it also was the first time we had incorporated a GPS-download into our


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Wildlife Drones successfully track Swift Parrot flocks

By Dr Debbie Saunders In a previous post, I announced that Wildlife Drones was working with the Riverina Local Land Services to track swift parrots. As part of the project, we recently managed to find 60 swift parrots on Bush Heritage Australia’s Tarcutta Hills Reserve. This is the largest swift parrot flock ever recorded on


debbie and gerard from wildlife drones smiling with their arms outstretched in front of their office at CEAT

CEAT launches at ANU

Wildlife Drones joined members from the Australian National University (ANU), CSIRO and other ag-tech entrepreneurs to celebrate the launch of the new Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT). CEAT intends on supporting the research and development of technologies that will help advance the future of farming. Located in the heart of ANU’s science hub, it intends on facilitating


swift parrots in flight

Tracking Swift Parrots to save their habitat

By Dr Debbie Saunders As a wildlife researcher, I have dedicated much of my career to studying the critically endangered Swift Parrot. Since founding Wildlife Drones, I am glad that I can contribute to their conservation even further. This winter, Wildlife Drones is working with the Riverina Local Land Services to track swift parrots throughout