From Livestreaming Rhino Implants to Wildlife-Tracking Apps

By: Laura McQuarrie - Aug 14, 2015
These tools for animal tracking prove to be useful for everything from deterring poachers and identifying animals to monitoring the health of an individual animal or an entire species.

Although tagging animals is not a new practice, advancements in technology are helping scientists, conservationists and more make huge strides in protecting wild and domestic animals. For example, Quantified Ag is now testing ear tags for herds of livestock that monitor vital signs in real-time. Similarly, RAPID is an implant for rhinos that sends an alert when the device detects that the animal in distress that is usually onset by poachers.

In addition to devices for animals, the FishBrain app from the US Fish and Wildlife Service is an example of an effort to involve the public in conservation and responsible fishing.