While our eyes can be the most useful tool when it comes to finding and identifying a hyena; collars also help us in our search for Talek West fisi (hyena) in the field. With the help of collars and tracking equipment we are able to locate hyenas by using both GPS coordinates and our tracking equipped car.
A couple of mornings ago however we ran into a bit of a dilemma. We found a collar but no hyena!
A comparison between a working GPS collar and the one we found. The fancy GPS collar has put this one to shame!
We have two types of collars VHF and GPS. Most of out adult females wear VHF collars and both the natal and immigrant males are equipped with GPS collars.
Stay tuned for my next blog for more information and details on collars and how they aid us in the field. Hopefully we can figure out who this collar belonged to. My vote is for MoonPie!