Low-Cost Global Positioning System Harness for Pampas Deer

  title={Low-Cost Global Positioning System Harness for Pampas Deer},
  author={Carlos Andr{\'e} Zucco and Guilherme Mour{\~a}o},
Abstract Global Positioning System (GPS) collars have proven to be an efficient tool for studying wildlife. However, this technique generally requires great investment in material, which notwithstanding its possible cost-effectiveness, is still beyond the means of most of the scientific community in developing countries. We developed and applied a low-cost GPS harness system placed on pampas deer (Ozotoceros bezoarticus) in the Central Pantanal of Brazil and compared costs of our technique to… Expand
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