Good News for Goats

An article on LiveScience announced yesterday that Komodo population monitoring techniques may be changing. Traditionally dragons are live trapped with goat meat for bait, but a recent study suggested that cameras provide a viable alternative. It sounds like something that should have been implemented years ago, but apparently the relatively cool IR signature of reptiles made it difficult for motion sensor cameras to pick them up. Along with last week’s news that Komodo hatchlings are being tracked with microchips, it seems like conservation biology is moving confidently into this century. Goats across Indonesia are ecstatic.