The latest fashion accessory for West Texas pronghorn is a state-of-the-art satellite radio collar depicted in the photo above. All the cool pronghorn are wearing them! These GPS-based gizmos provide real-time information to scientists who are tracking the pronghorn as they roam their West Texas range. Native pronghorn are an ancient North American species and the fastest land animal in the Western Hemisphere. Icons of the American West, they once roamed the Trans-Pecos region more than 17,000 strong. Sadly, by 2012, pronghorn were at risk of disappearing from the Trans-Pecos forever.
That’s why Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is raising funds to ensure that this unique and iconic animal recovers and continues to roam the desert grasslands of West Texas. Part of the recovery effort involves translocating healthy pronghorn from the Panhandle to the Trans-Pecos. Scientists then track these translocated animals to see how they are doing in their new home.
Watch TPWD’s Shawn Gray explain how these satellite collars work.
Up to 80 collars will be needed in the next few years, and for every $3,000 we raise, we can provide one satellite collar. Your donation will help scientists keep track of these animals, one collar at a time.