Prying into the intimate details of animal lives: Use of a daily diary on animals

Wilson, Rory P., Shepard, E. L. C. and Liebsch, N. (2008) Prying into the intimate details of animal lives: Use of a daily diary on animals. Endangered Species Research, 4 1-2: 123-137. doi:10.3354/esr00064

Author Wilson, Rory P.
Shepard, E. L. C.
Liebsch, N.
Title Prying into the intimate details of animal lives: Use of a daily diary on animals
Journal name Endangered Species Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1863-5407
Publication date 2008-01-18
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3354/esr00064
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 4
Issue 1-2
Start page 123
End page 137
Total pages 15
Place of publication Oldendorf, Germany
Publisher Inter-Research
Language eng
Abstract The advantages of transmission telemetry or logging systems for studying free-living animals are multiple and have driven designs for many and varied devices, each with its own particular usage sector. However, lack of fundamental data on species with conservation issues shows that there is an urgent need for a single generic system to document the major elements of animal biology. Such a tag could provide a broad picture of wild animal biology and specifically allow previously unidentified factors that might be important in an animal’s conservation to be determined. This work describes the major features and operating mode of a single device, the ‘daily diary’, an animal equivalent of the aeroplane ‘black box flight recorder’ which is designed to be used on a wide variety of species and which has already been tested on animals including albatrosses, badgers, cheetahs, cormorants, domestic dogs, horses, penguins, sharks, sunfish and turtles. The unit is designed to record animal (1) movement (2) behaviour (3) energy expenditure and (4) the physical characteristics of the animal’s environment by logging 14 parameters at infra-second frequencies.
Keyword Daily diary
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online December 21, 2007. ESR Theme Section: Tracking Vertebrates for Conservation. The following text is a contribution to Inter-Research Symposium 1 ’Satellite Tracking for the Conservation of Migratory Vertebrates’ held in Myrtle Beach, SC, USA in February 2007.

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