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Do you use PIT Tag?

2020-06-23

Do You Use PIT Tag?
RFIDHY PIT Tags Benefits and Future—To Save the Wildlife
Biologists and conservationists have been using RFIDHY® PIT Tags for over 20 years to humanely identify and monitor wildlife species in their captive or natural habitats. Since the 1980s, RFIDHY has been a pioneer in designing radio frequency/electronic animal identification devices and even today few animal-marking systems are as dependable as RFIDHY PIT tags. For decades, biologists have been using RFIDHY MICROCHIPs to improve their research and monitoring programs.
 
The practice of PIT tagging wild animals for research began with fisheries and later expanded to include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. RFIDHY FDX-B Microchips can provide information for a large diversity of wild animal species both large and small. PIT-tagged animals that are recaptured can provide a wealth of information on growth and mortality rates, movement patterns, and even food web relationships within an ecosystem. When you choose RFIDHY biochip transponders you get products that are designed to help ecologists, biologists and the animals they study and protect.

What is the RFIDHY PIT Tag?
 The RFIDHY PIT tag is about the size of a grain of rice (12mm length) and is subcutaneously or intramuscularly injected into animals with a 12-gauge needle. The RFIDHY PIT tag is a passive integrated transponder that does not use batteries but is energized by an electromagnetic field produced by a scanner. It features an electronic microchip sealed in a biocompatible glass capsule coated with Parylene C. The glass capsule protects the microchip and prevents tissue irritation. Once within the scanner's electromagnetic field, the transponder is energized and transmits a unique identification number to the scanner where the number is displayed on a liquid crystal display (LCD). Transponder implants are often called microchips because the actual microchip is contained within the transponder itself.
Future of PIT Tagging
With the design of waterproof scanners, PIT tags could be operated by scuba divers and snorkelers, providing a less invasive method of tracking marine creatures than the use of large vessels (Roussel et al. 2000). For animals migrating in herds, development of remote-controlled scanners would be very useful for individual recognition in aggregated populations. A small remote-controlled boat with a scanner would be much less disturbing than a large motor boat for scanning groups of manatees or walruses that may seasonally gather around a central location (Wright et al. 1997). Just as lay-people can report leg-banded birds, it may become possible in the future to involve eco-tourists in reporting tagged individuals.