Tracking the Carnivores

Example of distribution of carnivores sampled in Namibia and Botswana

As part of APCRO’s research not only do we examine the carnivores in the field but we also want to learn more about their behavior.  We need to know what distances these animals travel and how often do they interact with one another.  The satellite collars allow us to track their movements at all times which provides us valuable data along with our sample analysis.  Below you will find information on the three spotted hyenas that currently have satellite collars on them as well as a video of where they have traveled.

KWACC026 is an approximately 5 year old female spotted hyena weighing about 74 kg. This animal is the blue tracks and appeared to be the dominate female in the clan.  Please click on KWACC026 below to see the video of this animal back with her clan after her physical exam.

Click here to watch a video of KWACC026 with the rest of her clan

KWACC026 being fitted with a satellite collar


 KWACC027 is an approximately 6 year old female spotted hyena weighing about 60 kg. This animal’s is the purple tracks and has traveled up to 17 kilometers in a day.

KWACC027 fitted with a satellite collar

KWACC029 is an approximately 5 year old male spotted hyena weighing about 45 kg. This animal is in a separate clan then the two females and thus far have never crossed into one another.  The male is the yellow tracks to the north or the Lagoon Clan.

Male spotted hyena being fitted with a satellite collar

GPS tracks of spotted hyena


All the satellite collars have released and have been retrieved during our August 2012 research trip.  The collars are back in the USA and will soon be refurbished to be once again deployed.


Looking for the satellite collar using a VHF frequency

Josh Montel (University of Minnesota Veterinary Student) found a satellite collar