Animals are implanted with an RFID microchip while feeding in the Hub. The microchip enables data collection, individual tracking, health monitoring, and alerts for booster vaccines.
The RFID microchip is the size of a large grain of rice. It is implanted in a vertical position using a unique, humane dart design so it remains stationary in the body and is easily read. Because the dart is administered from a distance of six inches or less, the required force is minimal and the animal’s reaction is also minimal. This is in stark contrast to dart rifles that require significant velocity and force to hit their target.
The RFID microchips are programmed with a unique identification number, which allows individual animals to be referenced in WPM’s proprietary database. Each time a micro-chipped animal visits a WPM Hub feed station, it can be identified to determine the need for additional contraceptive or disease vaccines and also provide migratory tracking data.
The microchips can also measure the temperature of the animal. This helps wildlife managers determine fevers, infections and overall health. This is important for individual animal health, but can also be used to detect emerging diseases or pandemics allowing wildlife managers to take proactive action.
Each horse has a unique mean temperature. The microchips are read as horses approach. Temperature can vary by pregnancy, activity and health.
Each time the RFID microchip is read, the data of the animal is collected. This enables real-time, remote monitoring and gives a glimpse of the animal’s health. We know more about a horse in a remote area than some know about a horse in their own corral.