GPS Keeping an eye on the Animal Kingdom

Posted by Andrew Mead

Now, of course, we are always more than happy to sing the praises of GPS vehicle tracking here at Fleetmatics. But did you know the wonders of GPS go beyond keeping an eye on your fleet?
GPS tracking is used across the globe to monitor and safeguard a vast array of incredible creatures – helping to further science and protect some of the world’s most endangered species. Here are five of our favourites…

Sharks 

The scientists at OCEACH have spent the past few years attaching GPS trackers to over 50 sharks around the world in a bid to better understand their hunting and feeding behaviours. Head over to their website now to track the movements of one of nature’s greatest predators in real-time – but be prepared to lose the rest of your afternoon!

Lions 

Don’t fancy keeping tabs on the king of the ocean? How about the king of the jungle? Researchers at Living with Lions have long been plotting the movements of lions throughout Africa to monitor the effect of human activities on their habitat. Thanks to their new Cat Map website, you too can keep an eye on Simba and the gang. 

Polar Bears 

From the dry heat of the Serengeti to the ice cold of the Arctic, researchers around the world are using GPS collars to enhance our understanding of the animal kingdom. The WWF use trackers to keep an eye on how Polar Bears act in the wild – a feat which would be essentially impossible without GPS due to the animal’s remote habitat. Luckily for us, we can keep an eye on the furry critters from the warmth of our own home. 

Bees 

Don’t think for one second that GPS tracking is only being used to look out for the giants of the natural world. Thanks to rapid advancements in GPS technology, scientists are now able to track the lives of bees through the use of tiny GPS tracking “backpacks”. Unfortunately, there is no Bee Tracker website that we know of, so if you want to keep an eye on your local bee population you’ll have to venture outside!

Want to know what else GPS tracking can do? Here are a few more interesting uses

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