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  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online publication date: January 2021

4 - The Ethical Implications, and Practical Consequences, of Attaching Remote Telemetry Apparatus to Macaques

from Part I - GPS for Primatologists


The use of global positioning system (GPS) units attached to collars is becoming increasingly common in primate studies (Anderson, pers. comm.; Crofoot et al. 2014; Di Fiore & Link 2013; Dore, pers. comm.; Klegarth et al. 2017; Markham & Altmann 2008; Markham et al. 2013; Sprague et al. 2004; Stark, pers. comm.). By deploying GPS collars, researchers can gain enhanced knowledge of primate group whereabouts and overall ranging and landscape use patterns at a high resolution (Crofoot et al. 2014). The utility of these systems has greatly expanded with the increasing spatial accuracy, reliability, and mechanisms (remote data download and drop-off units) of units that facilitate reasonably low impact on study animals (Klegarth et al. 2017; Matthews et al. 2013). While these collars open up new methodological and analytic possibilities for assessing primate ranging patterns and habitat use, they also present a diverse array of technical, structural, and ethical concerns with doing so (Hebblewhite & Haydon 2010; Todd & Shah 2012)

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