James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.

Friday Photo: Telemetry

Wildlife documentaries make finding wildlife look easy, I can assure you it’s not. Whilst in South Africa I had the chance to search for a radio collared lioness. To cut a long story short I didn’t manage it, but by a complete fluke we stumbled on a Cheetah instead! Here I’m using a telemetry set to try and detect a signal, it can be very hit and miss depending on the weather, terrain and how old the collar is. Rather unnervingly, Desmond our field guide chuckled that with a dead collar, she could be lying 30 feet away in the long grass looking at us, and we wouldn’t know.



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