Four individuals are released at Nahal Soreq
We are excited to report that two weeks ago, 4 more Persian fallow deer were released at the Nahal Soreq site in the Judean Hills near Jerusalem.
For this release, we are testing a new and smaller type of transmitter with a lighter battery compared to other models. The transmitter has cellular broadcasting capability with a local SIM card, so they can send messages at varying frequencies.
Since transmitter collars are attached to the necks of animals, so far mostly females have been fitted with the devices because male necks expand during the breeding season which means that the non-elastic collars can snap and be discarded. However, this time we were able to fit some males with transmitters also.
We hope that for the first time we will be able to receive real-time information about the released males – which have, until now, been observed and assessed based on ground observations and surveillance cameras.
Overall, we are trying to obtain a more comprehensive picture of the distribution of the species from the Nahal Soreq reserve. With more intensive monitoring using surveillance cameras and transmitters, we will also be able to obtain new information about wild-born fawns and unmarked adults who have survived in the wild.
The threats to the species in the Nahal Soreq area have decreased somewhat in recent years, but still exist. In the years 2011-2014, feral dogs and train accidents caused the cessation of the project however, today the number of dogs in the reserve has decreased considerably and the threat has been removed from the reserve area.
In a week’s time, we will release a further 4 individuals – three males and one female. All 8 individuals released this month are being released on a “soft release” basis, meaning that they first enter an acclimatization area so that they can acclimatize to not being fed and having to forage for their own food; before being freed to wander further afield.
A newspaper article (in Hebrew) can be accessed via the link below.
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Released deer fitted with transmitters