These amazing maps show secret life of animals tracked with technology


Geographer James Cheshire and designer Oliver Uberti have recently published an amazing book called Where the Animals Go. It is composed of 50 maps that shows a secret life of wild animals captured with GPS trackers, satellites, camera traps, drones, and other tools. The data were gathered from scientists from all around the world and beautifully mapped.

Here are a couple of examples:

The map below shows tracking data from grey-headed albatrosses that reveal how some birds stay home while others follow the winds to make a 25,000-kilometer migration around Antarctica.

Another map show the vertical movement of birds. Many of them use updrafts to get to higher altitudes in their search for food.

This map reveals the spatial behaviour of jaguars in Peru mapped with GPS trackers and camera traps.

Another map shows how Australian crocodiles, relocated from human habitats have soon found their way back to the same location.

Last but not least a map based on a study of baboons living along the Ewaso Ng’iro River in Kenya that shows how groups of the animals decide when it’s time to move.

Amazing project!!!

I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.



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