Saturday, 16 February 2013
Lynsey safe and well
During the filming of a TV documentary with us last year (coming to your screen soon folks!), we collared a big female leopard that we called Lynsey. All was well and we were getting some great data from her collar, until around a month ago when the collar stopped working.
Okay so those were irrational thoughts, after all we had no evidence to say there was a problem other than not recieving any data from her collar, but it's just like having a kid who has gone off to play without telling you. You can't help but worry.
Anyway, there is a happy ending to the story. We have found Lynsey safe and well, however her very expensive collar is obviously faulty.
I have been offered a replacement for the collar, but that's little compensation. I have caught and collared quite a few big cats and hyenas and it isn't as easy as it sounds, nor is it something we do without considering a number of ethical and welfare issues.
The radio transmitter on Lynseys collar is still working, it's just the GPS part thats not, so we'll keep monitoring her using that. But we will put the replacement collar to good use. I have a friend who we visit on safari, who is helping to repopulate a huge wildlife reserve in Malawi. If he gets injured leopards in his centre who can't be returned to where they were found (for whatever reason) then he sends them to Malawi where they form part of a very exciting international project to re-establish wildlife after years of depravation. I love it when a plan comes together...
Written by Will Fox