Chemical immobilisation and satellite tagging of free-living southern cassowaries

Campbell, H. A., Dwyer, R. G., Sullivan, S., Mead, D. and Lauridsen, G. (2014) Chemical immobilisation and satellite tagging of free-living southern cassowaries. Australian Veterinary Journal, 92 7: 240-245. doi:10.1111/avj.12193


Author Campbell, H. A.
Dwyer, R. G.
Sullivan, S.
Mead, D.
Lauridsen, G.
Title Chemical immobilisation and satellite tagging of free-living southern cassowaries
Journal name Australian Veterinary Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0005-0423
1751-0813
Publication date 2014-06-26
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/avj.12193
Open Access Status
Volume 92
Issue 7
Start page 240
End page 245
Total pages 6
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: The southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) attains 1.8m in height and over 80kg in weight. These large birds are equipped with large claws and, although not a direct threat to humans, they have caused serious injury to handlers and members of the public.

Methods and results: This study describes chemical immobilisation, restraint, transport and post-monitoring (satellite tracking) methodologies for adult and juvenile southern cassowaries, captured and released from their natural environment.

Conclusions: The described methods have improved the management and research opportunities for the southern cassowary and may be transferable to other species of large ratite.
Keyword Anaesthesia
Cassowary
Ratites
Restraint
Telemetry
Tiletamine-zolazepam
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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