Tamil Nadu

Elephant Rivaldo gets German collar

Rivaldo will soon be released into the wild   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Rivaldo, the wild elephant kept in a kraal, awaiting its release back into the Mudumalai wilderness, has now got a collar from Germany to enable the Forest Department to monitor its movement.

Chief Wildlife Warden, Shekhar Kumar Niraj, said the collar was procured from Vectronics, a German company. The collar has GPS and VHF transmitters inbuilt, with a three-year collar life battery backup.

“We can monitor the collar [elephant] movement by logging into the website of the company. Currently, the collar is set to transmit four fixes every hour. The animal is doing well,” he said.

According to the company website, the Vertex Plus elephant collar has features like recording of up to 365,500 GPS positions, basic 3-axis activity sensor, mortality sensor, temperature sensor, VHF beacon, virtual fence and a communication schedule.

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