At Sirtrack we are very excited about following the travels of emperor penguin "Happy Feet". We have created this website together so that we can share his journey with the world.
Happy Feet has been fitted with a Sirtrack KiwiSat 202 Satellite Transmitter which will transmit signals to satellites twice a day for three hours. Transmissions from the KiwiSat 202 will allow us to monitor Happy Feet's position as he travels. Each new position will be plotted on the map so we can all follow his progress. It is not known which direction Happy Feet will travel, hopefully back to his home in the Antarctic, which makes this all the more fascinating and such a rare opportunity to learn about the movements of an amazing animal.
The KiwiSat 202 will be fitted to Happy Feet's feathers using glue and tape, a technique commonly and successfully used, by an experienced scientist and supervised by the experts at Wellington Zoo. The KiwiSat 202 weighs less than 100g, less than 1% of Happy Feet's body weight. It has been designed to be streamlined so it will not affect the penguin's swimming. To learn more about the Sirtrack KiwiSat 202 Satellite Transmitter click here
Since Happy Feet's arrival on Peka Peka Beach on June 21st 2011 he has been cared for by the team at Wellington Zoo, supported by the Department of Conservation and Dr. Colin Miskelly, Curator of terrestrial vertebrates at Te Papa. To learn more about Happy Feet's time in New Zealand, visit Dr. Miskelly's, blog on the Te Papa website
To date many people and organisations have come together to support Happy Feet's recovery and release back to the wild. Not least of these are Te Papa, Wellington Zoo and the Department of Conservation. Sirtrack are delighted to be able to sponsor the supply of a KiwiSat 202 Satellite Transmitter and would like to acknowledge Dr Gareth Morgan for sponsoring the satellite costs. Dr Morgan's 'Our Far South' website is also providing updates on Happy Feet's progress
To view Happy Feet's journey please click on the Map tab. If you are a repeat visitor please refresh the page to view new tracks.
If you have any questions regarding the deployment of the device please contact Sirtrack on +64 (6) 877 7736 or email us at email@example.com