Animal Kingdom Rhino Fitted with Unique Fitness Tracking Device
Hello MickeyBlog followers and Disney fans. We have a fun story for you- and something many of us can relate to! Staying fit and being active.
Meet Helen! Helen is a 30-year-old white rhino who resides at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Most recently Helen has made the news for being fitted with a unique fitness tracking device.
On Monday, May 16th, guests observed Helen exploring the Savana of Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a fitness device on her leg.
Similar to a Fitbit, this exciting device is tracking information that will benefit rhinos around the world.
Important Data and Info
The data provides and shares important info about Helen with multiple institutions and animal researchers. Part of a large-scale research project, the observations include: Helen’s daily step count, whether she is walking, running or napping, and her favorite locations.
This exciting info helps determine the best possible care for rhinos.
Scott Terrell, the director of Animal & Science Operations with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts recently shared with Mike Schneider (Associated Press), “By doing this research and using this technology, we can really focus in on the physical fitness of the rhinos as a component of their health and well being.”
Information the team of researchers are excited to gather and learn about.
The Fitness Tracker
The actual device is fitted to Helen’s front right ankle and is approximately 1 ft in diameter. She began wearing the device for small periods of time to grow acclimated to it and is doing well.
The electronic device includes an accelerometer and a GPS tracker that fits within a small pouch. If Helen successfully wears the device with no issues, the program will expand to include additional White Rhinos at Animal Kingdom.
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Feature Photo: AP Photo/John Raoux