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Motion Detection Cameras (Trail Cameras) / GPS Satellite and VHF Collars

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YOU CAN SUPPORT AFRICAT BY SPONSORING THE FOLLOWING:

  • Gyrocopter MTO Sport. (Burning 15-20 litres per hour) Running cost N$ 600 per hour tracking rehabilitated cheetahs and used for anti-poaching.
  • Unleaded 95 Fuel (Diesel & Petrol – Approximately N$ 11.10 per litre)
  • Radio-Collars (VHF – Rehabilitation within Reserve) (Satellite/GPS – Relocation/Release on Farmland) (Cellphone – Relocation/Release on Farmland)
  • Camera Traps (Digital)
  • Batteries (for Camera Traps) (Duracell D-Cell)
  • GPS (Handheld) (Garmin GPSmap 60)

Information about the RADIO-COLLARS AfriCat uses:

Collar Life Spans

TELONICS:
telonics collars
MOD-500 Standard power - 5 years plus 40 days.
MOD-500 High power - provide 3 years plus 72 days.
MOD-400 Standard power - 2 years plus 119 days
MOD-400 High - 1 year plus 159 days
MOD-335 Standard power - 1 year plus 160 days
MOD-335 High power - 322 days


Prices:

QTY DESCRIPTION U.S. Dollars U.S. Dollars
2 MOD-335 VHF Instrumentation.
High Power, 60 BPM and continuously transmitting.
$305.00 $610.00
2 MOD-400 VHF Instrumentation.
High Power, 60 BPM and continuously transmitting.
$279.00 $558.00
2 MOD-500 VHF Instrumentation.
High Power, 60 BPM and continuously transmitting.
$279.00 $558.00
1 Freight Charge Emotrans to Windhoek Airport   $850.00
  TOTAL   $2576.00

 

AWT:
C Cell (30BPM) - 1.6 yrs
C Cell (60BPM) - 8 months
D Cell (30BPM) - 2 yrs
D Cell (60BPM) - 1 yr

 

SIRTRACK:

V5C 176 V5C 273 V5C 373
40ppm – 3.4 yrs 40ppm – 4.8 yrs 40ppm – 7.3 yrs
50ppm – 2.8 yrs 50ppm – 3.9 yrs 50ppm – 5.9 yrs
60ppm – 2.3 yrs 60ppm – 3.3 yrs 60ppm – 5 yrs

 

SIRTRACK COLLARS

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Recommended collar requirements:
Leopard | Hyena V5C 176
Cheetah V5C 176
Lion V5C 373

 

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V5C 173 Range
Information sheet (PDF)

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V5C 273 Range Information sheet (PDF)

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V5C 176 Range
Information sheet
(PDF)

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V5C 373 Range Information sheet (PDF)


Over the years AfriCat has tried many different collars, with different life spans, ranges etc etc. Strangely enough we still haven’t found the perfect Collar?!

AfriCat currently uses 4 types of radio-collars.

1. Telonics Collars
2. AWT Collars ( SA Based company)
3. Sirtrack ( Available at Global Supplies in SA)
4. Vectronic Aerospace GPS collar

 

1. The Telonics collars are the most powerful ones with 'range' but 'lifespan' is decreased and their collar-strap material is not favorable. (weak stitching) The antenna is internal and this causes a problem if you want to cut it to fit a thinner neck perfectly, as you will cut through the antenna. The other collars do not have this problem as their antenna doesn’t extend as far in the belting as the Telonics collars do. (On order: You need to know the exact diameter of your cats neck to get perfect fit) We currently use these on our spotted Hyenas and on large, adult leopards, as the max length of the collar is used - no cutting required.

MOD-500 Standard power would conservatively provide 5 years plus 40 days.
MOD-500 High power would conservatively provide 3 years plus 72 days.
MOD-400 Standard power would conservatively provide 2 years plus 119 days
MOD-400 High power would conservatively provide 1 year plus 159 days
MOD-335 Standard power would conservatively provide 1 year plus 160 days
MOD-335 High power would conservatively provide 322 days

 

2. The AWT Collars have the best belting, although it is an un-attractive orange colour. We have used dies to change the colour and make it look acceptable, yet the lifespan of the battery is not favourable at all when using it on 60 beats per minute (BPM). You get them in a D Cell and a C Cell battery.

 

3. SIRTRACK VHF COLLARS RANGE FROM BETWEEN ZAR 3 450 to ZAR 4 250 EX SHIPPING

 

Our standard request for new collars are the following:

Active pulse rate: 60 BPM ( makes tracking much easier than 30BPM, BUT you loose on battery life)
Mortality pulse rate: 120 BPM
Mortality delay time: 4 hours
Collar adjustment range: 370cm-570cm (allows us to use it on a cheetah, wild dog, hyena or leopard, whatever is longer we cut off)
Collar width: 25mm ( not to wide and is hidden well on the cat)

NB: We do not recommend using specific time settings. e.g 6hrs ON & 6hrs OFF. People do this to save battery life, but we have had  un favourable experiences, where the programmed times has caused the timing to change automatically resulting in that we lose the cats during tracking hours or if they escape and need to be found urgently, we can not track them.

Read More: Radio-Collars and Research verses Tourism and Photographers.

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GPS (Satellite) COLLARS FOR LIONS

The Project: 
AfriCat North Research Project: Trans-boundary movements along the boundaries of the Etosha National Park (hereafter ENP) and in adjacent conservancies.     

The frequency of lions crossing the ENP boundary and the formation of independent populations outside of the park are not known. This study will monitor trans-boundary lion movement to determine how the conflict between lions and the farmers along these boundaries could be minimised. 

Objectives:
This Project will be coordinated by the AfriCat / Okorusu Communal Carnivore Conservation Project Units (CCCP). Individuals found outside of ENP boundaries will be collared using GPS collars. The movement of these lions will be monitored and data will be used to locate weaknesses in the fence. The pride dynamics along the Etosha boundary will also be studied.

Details: (courtesy Africa Wildlife Tracking)
These Satellite collars have a built-in VHF transmitter, which work with the Iridium satellites and gives near-real-time data.
The unit gets a current GPS position and transmits that point up to the satellite system.
The Iridium satellite constellation consists of 66 satellites that orbit the earth over the poles in 6 equidistant orbits, each orbit containing 11 satellites.

Location Based Alerts: Geo fence areas can be defined for specific tracking devices. Alerts can be triggered when a specific tracking device enters and/or leaves the defined areas. Alerts can be delivered via SMS or email. This feature, which will enable the CCCP to improve the monitoring of lion movement in relation to villages and livestock kraals, is another advantage of near-real-time data up-linking. 

Total cost per GPS Collar + Service Fee, landed in Namibia: N$ 25 000.00 

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TYPES OF COLLAR AND PRICING:

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Pinnacle Range Iridium Pre-Set Data Schedules
and Collar Life Estimates.

Overview

  • Sirtrack Pinnacle GPS Iridium Collars are designed to be simple to use and set up.
  • For simplicity and ease of use pre-set data schedules (or configurations) have been determined which can have sensors (temperature and activity) enabled or disabled (location only).
  • Pre-set data schedule allows simple estimation of collar life and data costs.
  • Collar life and data cost will be affected by alerts received from and commands sent to the collar.


Pinnacle Range Iridium Data Pricing

Iridium Data charges are managed through an Iridium Value Added Reseller (VAR).

Sirtrack has chosen Xeos Technologies Limited (www.xeostech.com) as their preferred VAR.

Customers have the option to choose:

  • their own VAR,
  • work Direct with Xeos Technologies,
  • or pre-purchase data from Sirtrack.

Sirtrack offer two types of data plans for users of Pinnacle GPS Iridium Collars

SIRTRACK IRIDIUM SATELLITE COLLARS RANGE FROM BETWEEN ZAR 35 000 to ZAR 43 000 EX SHIPPING DEPENDING ON CONFIGURATION

 

GPS Plus Collar

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The GPS PLUS Collar series has been designed to give scientists the most flexible solution and reliable technology for all kinds of wildlife studies. Make the best of your study by measuring GPS positions, fine scale temperature and high resolution activity information.

One of the most important features is the flexible wireless data communication in both directions, offering communication on demand via VHf or UHF or regular communication windows via GSM or Iridium. This way you can change GPS and VHF beacon schedules when your research schedule changes, even while the collar is on the animal. GPS data can also be downloaded using Globalstar or ARGOS. GPS PLUS collars also offer Virtual Fence and Proximity Sensor options, giving you even more insights into the animals life and allowing you to change GPS schedules automatically whenever high scale information really counts.

 

gps plus collarsMultiple Communication Options

  • UHF 2-Way Communication for data download and reprogramming
  • VHF 2-Way Communication for data download and reprogramming
  • GSM 2-Way Communication for GPS data download and reprogramming
  • Iridium 2-Way Communication for GPS data download and reprogramming
  • Globalstar 1-Way Communication for GPS data download
  • Argos 1-Way Communication for GPS data download

Multiple Sensor Options

  • GPS Position
  • 3-axes Activity Sensor (acceleration)
  • Temperature
  • Mortality
  • Hibernation
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Virtual Fence

Additional Options

  • VHF Beacon Transmitter
  • Timer-controlled Drop-Off
  • Radio-and-timer-controlled Drop-Off
  • Coloured Belt

 

Product technical spec sheets:
Lion , Hyena - PINNACLE GPS IRIDIUM COLLARS
Cheetah , Wild Dog , Leopard - PINNACLE LITE GPS IRIDIUM COLLARS

 

Read more:
1. GPS Plus Collar Overview (PDF)
2. GPS Plus 2010 Collar (PDF)
3. GPS Plus Software and Data Manager (PDF)

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Motion Detection Cameras (Trail Cameras) / GPS Satellite & VHF Collars:

To effectively gather data, both visual (trail cameras) and location, movement, etc. (collars), the various projects require approx. 20 cameras.

Read more:
The AfriCat Predator Population Density Study in The Okonjima Nature Reserve.
The AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project.
The Namibia African Wild Dog Project.

Cost approx.: N$8 000.00 per camera | Collars: Lion GPS / Satellite $28 000.00 – N$ 30 000.00 each | Cheetah & Leopard VHF collars approx.: N$3 500.00 each.

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DONATIONS:

AfriCat relies on the goodwill of visitors and donors. Every penny counts, and save for statutory audit fees, all of AfriCat UK’s funds are applied to conservation in Namibia. The AfriCat website (www.africat.org) has sponsorship forms to download, which contain various animal adoption options.

SUPPORTING AFRICAT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM:

Tusk Trust Tusk UK
Tusk Trust,
4 Cheapside House, High Street,
Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4AA

Tel: +44 (0)1747 831 005
Email:
info@tusk.org

 

DOWNLOAD A TUSK OR AFRICAT DONATION |ADOPTION FORM:

http://www.africat.org/downloads/adoption-forms

 

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http://www.africat.org/support/donate-online

 

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To make a donation: africat@africat.org

 

Virgin Money Giving:

Pay online with Virgin Money Giving, donations will be routed to AfriCat through TUSK Trust.

 

AFRICAT UNITED KINGDOM BANK DETAILS FOR ALL NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SWIFT TRANSACTIONS

Account name: AfriCat UK
Account number: 00767476
Bank: Barclays Bank PLC,
Address: 27 Soho Square, London W1D 3QR, UK.
Sort code: 20-52-69

 

AFRICAT AMERICA BANK DETAILS FOR ALL NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SWIFT TRANSACTIONS

africat america Account name: AfricatAmerica Inc.
Account number: 59312583
Bank: PNC
Branch: PNC Bank, Metro Center Branch.
Address: Metro Center, 1100 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria, Illinois, USA 61614.
Pay Routing: 021052053 (UPIC)

 

AfriCat America Inc.
Public Charity EIN: 20-3174862

Peter & Wanda Hanssen, 7601 W. Southport Road,
Peoria, Illinois 61615, USA.
Cell: +1 309 453 5556
Email: pete@africatamerica.org

 

AFRICAT NAMIBIAN BANK DETAILS FOR ALL NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SWIFT TRANSACTIONS

AfriCat Foundation
Account number: 62245889186
Branch code: 28-06-73
Bank: First National Bank Namibia Ltd. Otjiwarongo Branch, Namibia
Swift: FIRNNANX
Postal Address: P.O. Box 64, Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Physical Address: 7 St Georges Street, Otjiwarongo, Namibia

 

SUPPORTING AFRICAT IN GERMANY:

ubuntu namibiaUBUNTU – Namibia e.V.
Susanne und Roland Schäfer

Bergstraße 67
76646 Bruchsal / Germany

Ihre Unterstützung unserer Projekte in Namibia freut uns sehr.
Bitte geben sie im Verwendungszweck Projekt AfriCat oder Projekt UBUNTU an.
Unser Spendenkonto in Deutschland:
UBUNTU-Namibia e.V.

 

Volksbank Bruchsal-Bretten eG
Konto Nr.: 64750
Bankleitzahl: 663 912 00
IBAN: DE78 6639 1200 0000 0647 50
BIC: GENODE61BTT
Um Ihnen eine Spendenbescheinigung zukommen lassen zu können, teilen Sie uns bitte
Ihre Anschrift mit:
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20114314 NGO with anbi recognization. 
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Simone Eckhart 
Business Address: Spinetstraat 76, 
4876 XT Etten-Leur 
Email: info@stichtingspots.nl
www.stichtingspots.nl

 

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