will seiter and the copperhead team onboard their cessna 172 aircraft

Flying high in search of agile bats

“Oh, man – it’s essentially trying to find a needle in a haystack while on the bed of a semi-truck driving down the expressway!” – Will Seiter As a description of some of the challenges in trying to track the movements of tiny bats, Will Seiter’s metaphor is hard to beat. It’s heartfelt too, coming


thermal imaging drone ripper group

Deploying thermal imaging drones to help save wildlife

Jamie Holyoak has been using thermal imaging technology mounted on drones to search for hidden wildlife – particularly koalas – since 2013.  He has worked on behalf of a range of industries including environmental management, property development and mining, as well as working with Dreamworld’s wildlife conservation project. After the 2019/20 bushfires across Australia, however, his


a female drone pilot with her back to the camera holding a drone controller while a drone is up in the air

Advancing the Animal Tracking Game

That faint buzzing you can hear is the sound of endangered animals being saved from extinction. It’s the sound of invasive species being turned back from a damaging incursion. And it’s the sound of livestock being monitored across the farmlands of the future.  It’s the sound of one tool that has revolutionised the art of animal


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


brahman cattle in feedlot

Can integrating livestock with wildlife work?

We recently moved into our new office at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT). As a result, we’ve been interested in exploring different applications for our drone tracking technology. The human population is rapidly growing and with it is the demand for land devoted to agriculture and livestock. But with this rise in demand, land for


two green swift parrots sitting on a branch with more birds in the background

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