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
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
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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