Large Mammal Movement

GPS relocation points

Land use change alters the way in which animals access and utilize a landscape. We use GPS collars to quantity movement and habitat use patterns of white-lipped peccaries in order to understand temporal and spatial responsonses to deforestation realted to agricultural and cattle ranching land development.

To date, we have placed GPS collars on more than 15 individuals in the Brazilian Pantanal, Cerrado, and Atlantic Forest biomes. Each peccary is given a unique name; the photo below is data from Tainara, one of the first peccaries we captured.

This work is done in collaboration with colleagues at Vanderbilt University, Universidade Estadual Paulista, and local grass-roots organizations including the IUCN/SC Peccary Specialist Group.

Jennifer Bradham
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science