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Bisbees Conservation Journal Q2 2015

Phase one of Second Ark Foundation’s Hill Country GPS radio collaring project sponsored by Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund started at Morani River Conservation Ranch December 15th. That day began with collars being put onto a group of dama gazelles. Can you guess how many teams of people that took? Five! And everyone worked smoothly together. Each of the five teams had a specific mission. Most important, there was the ranch staff to guide the gazelles in and out of the padded chute, and to steady each one while it was there getting checked and collared. Also essential was the experienced team from Texas A&M AgriLife fitting each collar just right before fastening it in place. Because this is a scientific study, the team from Second Ark Foundation was there to measure each gazelle and document identities. In order to maximize benefit in minimum time, a separate veterinary team drew blood samples for genetic analysis. As each of these teams stepped forward to each gazelle and then back out of the way, the fifth team caught everything on video tape. This will let later viewers see what happened. Having each team focused on its particular task cut down the handling time for each gazelle. BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q2 • 2015 79


Bisbees Conservation Journal Q2 2015
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