Using Drones for Animal Recovery: A New Tool in Emergency Situations

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Drones have revolutionized the way we go about many aspects of life, from aerial photography to our ground-breaking Drone Deer Recovery service. One of the lesser-known applications of drones is in animal recovery, a crucial tool for locating lost or missing agricultural or show animals, or even lost pets. In this article, we’ll explore the advantages of using drones for animal recovery and how they can be a game-changer in emergency situations.

Why Drones Are Perfect for Animal Recovery

Drones offer several advantages over traditional animal recovery methods. Firstly, they can cover large areas quickly and efficiently, allowing search teams to cover more ground in less time. This is particularly crucial in rural areas where lost animals may have wandered over vast distances. Our operators are equipped with state-of-the-art drones and batteries, they can fly almost uninterrupted continuously, allowing for the huge ground to be covered.

Secondly, our drones are equipped with high-resolution cameras and thermal imaging technology, allowing them to detect animals that may be hidden from sight or camouflaged by their surroundings. They have military-grade night-vision and thermal imaging cameras, allowing for heat signatures to be seen easily. Furthermore, they’re equipped with 200x zoom cameras. Such technology is essential in locating animals lost in dense foliage or forestry.

Finally, our drones fly at 400ft above ground level, meaning that we can use our 200x zoom cameras to locate animals on the ground whilst not causing them alarm. This prevents lost animals from fleeing further into the wilderness during the process of recovery.

Applications of Drone Recovery

Drone Recovery has several applications in animal recovery, including:

Agricultural Animals

Agricultural animals, such as cattle, sheep, and pigs, can often go missing in vast fields or on expansive farms. They can even end up on the neighboring property. However, with the use of Drone Deer Recovery services, farmers can quickly and efficiently search for lost animals, reducing the time it takes to locate them and minimizing the risk of injury or death.

Show Animals

Show animals, such as horses or cattle, are often high-value animals that require intensive training and care. If a show animal goes missing, it can have a significant impact on its owner’s livelihood. Using drones to search for lost show animals can help locate them quickly and prevent any long-term damage to the animal’s health or career. Here at Drone Deer Recovery, our operators have been fortunate enough to help on such occasions. For example, in the past, we’ve helped locate expensive show cattle that had escaped.

Family Pets

We all love our pets, whether they’re cats or dogs, so when our beloved pets get lost or run away from home it can be devastating and confusing. Often, many people don’t know where to start. While traditional search methods, such as contacting local shelters, or searching on foot, are still useful, drones can provide an additional layer of search coverage, helping locate lost pets faster and with greater accuracy. Our operators have located lost pets in the past, with our experts recently recovering a handful of lost puppies. Our drones meant that the owner's pets were located extremely quickly before they could wander far into the wilderness.


Drones are an increasingly popular tool in animal recovery, with their ability to quickly cover large areas and provide high-resolution imaging making them ideal for locating lost agricultural, show, and family animals. Traditional animal recovery methods, such as foot patrols or search dogs, can be time-consuming and can cover only limited ground. Tracking dogs can also prove counter-productive as they’re likely to scare off surrounding animals.  On the other hand, drones can fly over vast areas in short amounts of time, providing search teams with a bird’s eye view of the area and reducing the time it takes to locate lost animals. Moreover, drones can provide a level of accuracy and precision that is unmatched by traditional methods. With thermal imaging technology, drones can detect the heat signature of an animal, even if it is hidden from plain sight or camouflaged by its surroundings. This is particularly useful in densely forested areas.

By employing the help of trained professionals, such as our operators, drones can prove to be a game-changer in emergency situations, potentially saving the lives of animals and reducing the stress and anxiety of their owners.

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