COLLAR SATELLITE TIME
Generously donated by various supporters
Satellite collars record scheduled GPS points and then relay them via a satellite network. This allows researchers to access the data remotely and to know where a particular lion is at a particular point in time. Lions are strategically collared so that these data gives the general location of the entire pride or group – even if only one has a collar.
The data not only allow researchers to know which habitats lions are using, and which paths they walk on, but can also give information on temperature and speed, kill sites, diet, prey preference and more. Vitally, satellite-provided data also allow park managers to know if a lion has escaped so they can respond and recapture the animal before any harm comes to it or those outside the reserve. Knowing where the lion prides are increases sighting opportunities, which can ensure the pride is safe and healthy, any snares can be removed or wounds treated, and any new additions to the population can be spotted and monitored.
A collar can be refurbished and used again (usually replacing the batteries) but every two years the satellite time needs to be purchased to allow the collars to clock in and send data.
By purchasing this satellite time, we allow a collar in use to be “switched back on” so that the information can be relayed to researchers.