The idea and the need for a company specialising in customizing tracking equipment for wildlife research had been developing since the early 2000s. CATS was subsequently founded in 2012. Its focus is on delivering innovative animal tracking products applicable to a wide range of projects, supporting applied science for conservation. The quality of the service CATS provides is based on decades of experience in the field of animal tracking around the globe. The strength of the company lies in the ability to tailor its services and products to the demands of the individual project of the customers, whether it is in research, conservation, or industry.
CATS was founded by Dr Peter Kraft and Dr Nikolai Liebsch, who both grew up in the same small town in the German Alps and have known each other for many years. Peter is known for his analytical skills. He has been working on many projects, especially in the field of telemetry and experimental setup. He enjoys thinking out-of-the-box and is an avid animal conservationist like Niko, who combines innovative thinking, and practical skills with scientific passion. Before co-establishing CATS, Niko worked across the globe with numerous scientists on a variety of different animals. They complement each other perfectly, making them a team that welcomes any kind of scientific challenge when it comes to animal tracking.
It is the synthesis of sound technological understanding and scientific rigor coupled with great interest and fascination in animals, their behaviour and interaction with the environment, which has been driving CATS’ success and made them into one of the leading companies in the field of animal tracking.
In 2022 Peter decided to retire from CATS, leaving it up to Niko to build a new team and write the next chapter into CATS’ daily diary.