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These Beautiful Maps Reveal the Secret Lives of Animals – National Geographic

It wasn’t so long ago that tracking wild animals meant slogging through the forest with a clipboard and binoculars, hoping for a glimpse of an animal or at least a pile of poo. Geographer James Cheshire and designer Oliver Uberti have dipped into this deluge of data to create 50 beautiful and engaging maps that reveal the wanderings of animals captured by satellites, camera traps, drones, and other tools. Throughout the book, Uberti and Cheshire highlight the tracks of individual animals as well as those of their troops, flocks, and pods.

Key Takeaways:

  • The authors spoke to scores of scientists. Although a few researchers weren’t willing to share data they’d spent years or even decades collecting, many more were happy to help.
  • One series of maps in the book shows what happened one day as two low-ranking baboons wandered off from the troop.
  • To the researchers’ surprise, a few other individuals followed them within a few minutes, and soon the whole troop of 46 animals was on the move.

“To the researchers’ surprise, a few other individuals followed them within a few minutes, and soon the whole troop of 46 animals was on the move.”

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/where-animals-go-tracking-maps/