Friday, June 10, 2016

The Secret Life of Cats

Wild Life's Cat Tracker Project is a citizen science project studying the movements, diet and health of domestic cats. As part of the project volunteers have fitted GPS trackers to their feline friends in order to track the movements of the cats over a five day period.

You can view interactive maps showing the movements of around 140 different cats from the Cat Tracker Cat Tracks page. Each cat has its own interactive map, with yellow polylines showing the straight line paths between every recorded location of the cat during its five days of tracking.

If you want to know more about the movements of domestic cats then you should have a look at the BBC's Secret Life of Cats. In this television documentary the BBC attached GPS trackers and micro-cameras to a number of domestic cats in an English village.

To accompany the television show the BBC published Ordnance Survey maps showing the tracks of ten of the featured cats over a 24 hour period. Each of the maps is accompanied by a small film clip of the particular tracked cat in action and a summary about how far each cat roams from its home and the size of its roaming area.

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