Port Douglas in Northern Queensland could soon lead the world in crocodile management due to a new GPS tracking program. A collection of local businesses hope to place GPS trackers on some of the largest crocodiles in Dicksons Inlet and the surrounding area to safeguard Four Mile Beach.

The news comes after the tourist hotspot came to a standstill eyewitness reports came in of a crocodile as large as four meters swimming 20 meters from the shore during daylight hours. Kelvin Brown from Port Douglas Water Sports and Beach Hire stated that the beach is the last patrolled in the area.

Additionally, it’s where crocodiles tend to congregate. He’s hoping that the project is a success and that the rest of the world can learn from it.

Both the local police and the beach patrol hut will have the ability to precisely locate where the five biggest crocodiles are at any time of the day or night via GPS.

GPS crocodile tracking isn’t a new idea in Australia. Crocodiles have been previously tracked around the Wenlock River on the Cape York Peninsula. In fact, after its launch in 2008, the University of Queensland ‘Crocodile Tracks’ program became the longest and largest study of its kind.

Brown hopes that funding for the program will come from state and local government grants. He also believes that the beach will be safer for people who use it as the trackers will pinpoint the positions of the four biggest animals at all times. If a crocodile gets too close to the beach, staff can trap it and move it to a new location. The project safeguards both beach users and crocodiles.

Surf Life Saving Queensland plans to employ drones to help spot crocodiles in a similar manner to the way experts monitor sharks further south in the region.

Mr. Brown wants better tourist information to also be available throughout the main swimming area of the beach. He proposes that notices should carry information about the wildlife in the area as well as any negatives that relate to crocodiles. Brown believes that tourists should be able to clearly read about the many positives that relate to Four Mile Beach rather than just the potential hazards.

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When you’re operating a fleet, you don’t need anyone to tell you what a difference happy customers can make for your business. Not only are they more likely to be repeat customers, but they are also more likely to offer referrals for your business and that means more money in your pockets.

But, what you might not realize, is just how much GPS fleet tracking can help you keep your customers happy. These are just a few ways you can use GPS fleet tracking to keep your customers deliriously happy with the job you’re doing for them.

  • Provide more accurate appointment windows. Whether you’re making deliveries or delivering a service, appointment windows and ETAs are important to customers. When businesses miss these windows because drivers get lost, are stuck in traffic, or have drivers diverting off course to take care of personal errands on your time (and the customer’s time) it can be hugely disappointing to the customers.

GPS fleet tracking helps you avoid all these situations with more efficient route planning, on-the-go alternative routing to avoid traffic delays, and text alerts when drivers deviate from prescribed routes. This keeps everything working on schedule much better throughout the day. You can also send live updates of ETAs to customers through your GPS tracking system or allow them to track the progress of their deliveries or appointments in real time as an added layer of customer service many companies do not offer.

  • Use GPS tracking software to help you to personalize the customer experience. Everyone wants to feel special and wanted. You can use your GPS fleet tracking software to make notes about individual customer preferences and other little things that will help you make your customers feel remembered and important to you. This small detail will have a significant impact on their experience and how likely they will be to recommend you to others.

 

  • Improve communication between dispatch and drivers. This helps you stay up to date with what is going on at various job sites so that you can make alternate arrangements or notify customers quickly of potential delays related to unexpected problems at other job sites.

GPS tracking is about so much more than mapping and mileage or even cutting fuel costs. The benefits to your business are nearly infinite if you choose the right fleet tracking service and invest a little energy in learning about the new and exciting ways you can use this as a tool for building your business bigger, better, and stronger than ever before.

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Experts have concluded that although GPS collars could be detrimental to the daily activities of wild cats, they can save them from humans killing them. It’s thought that when big cats prey on domestic animals, locals retaliate. Therefore, if a wild cat is wearing a GPS tracking collar, people are less likely to harm them for fear of repercussions.

GPS tracking technology is an effective investigative tool in terms of prosecuting any individual suspected of killing a big cat. Ron Thompson runs Primero Conservation.org. The organization places its focus on the killing of pumas and jaguars in Mexico. He co-authored a study, The Decline of a Jaguar (Panthera onca) Subpopulation in Sonora Mexico.

The study recommended that GPS tracker collars be placed on all jaguars in the Sonora area. Additionally, the reasoning for this should be common knowledge throughout the surrounding communities.

Furthermore, educating locals about the big cats is paramount to their protection. Private security guards should also monitor the animals to ensure their safety from human attack.

According to information from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the jaguar (Panthera onca)  is near-threatened in America. It’s thought that India can learn a great deal from this study as there, mortality of big cats and wild animals in general is common. As many as 67 tigers have died in India this year alone. Many of these deaths have been as a result of conflict with humans and poachers.

Researchers who have been monitoring jaguars for almost ten years pinpointed 26 in northwest Sonora. The number fell into decline after March 2012. In June 2015, researchers saw only one jaguar. Throughout the time between November 2016 and May 2017, researchers saw no jaguars in the area.

The study recorded the illegal destruction of six jaguars. The team discovered that one of these animals was killed through the GPS collar data and via examination of its burnt remains. The researchers were also told by ranchers that even more of the animals met their deaths outside the study area. Both jaguars with GPS collars were killed on the study site, one by gunshot and the other was likely poisoned.

It’s hoped that through the use of GPS tracking collars and education, more wild cats can remain safe.

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