We’ve tracked 8 animals as a pilot project to determine the effectiveness of radio trackers. These studies showed that Sunda pangolins are solitary with a home range of up to 70ha and that they reuse sleeping sites which could range from underground burrows, high in tree branches, or inside tree hollows. All tracked pangolins survived while being tracked, however, some lost their devices after two weeks, while others were monitored for up to three months before transmitters dropped off. SVW continues to work developing appropriate transmitter with partners to improve the success of tracking process.
Resources and ongoing issue with determining which tracking methods are best means at this stage we only track specific animals. We would love to track all released pangolins are currently working with various companies and partners to develop the best methods.