Navigation Links
Camera Traps Catch Eye of the Tiger

Sound science and ground-breaking research provide the foundation for World Wildlife Fund's conservation successes. But it is WWF's innovative application of everyday technology that is yielding results for tigers on the Indonesian Island of Sumatra. WWF scientists are using camera traps to help conduct presence/absence surveys that will provide a range map for tigers in Sumatra's lowland rainforest. The cameras will also help provide a density estimate of tigers in various habitat types and determine whether there are adequate prey species for tigers to subsist. The results could have significant implications for species and forest preservation here and around the world.

"Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, with as few as 400 left in the wild," said Dr. Sybille Klenzendorf, lead scientist for WWF's tiger program. "We're racing to find out as much about them and where they live as we can, before more of their natural habitat is converted to commercial plantations growing pulp wood and palm oil trees."

This is the first time WWF has used camera traps to study tigers in Indonesia. In July 2004, field staff began handing out questionnaires to find out if local people had seen any tigers. Scientists then conducted a track survey, in which they attempted to find evidence of the animals in a specific area. This information was used to determine where to set up camera traps, armed with infrared sensors triggered by movement.

WWF put 30 camera traps in the forests -- one per tiger home range (about 40 square miles) -- and checks them every 3-4 weeks. Because the cameras have been placed in remote locations, it takes at least a day to hike to each (the team can check all 30 within a month). Cameras must be moved occasionally because the flash often alerts animals to their presence, causing those animals to avoid the area in the future.

Due to the moist, hot climate of Sumatran forests, the cameras often malfunction, so scientists will be lucky if two-thirds of the pictures are of any animals. Because they had conducted thorough research to determine likely tiger habitat, WWF scientists got their first tiger photo within 10 days of setting the traps.

The survey portion of the project will likely last between two and three years, and could lead to opportunities for radio collaring and tracking tigers in order to better establish the size and shape of their range in certain habitats. WWF has been able to focus on tiger research thanks to the forest protection established by Indonesia's recent creation of the 212-square-mile Tesso Nilo National Park.


'"/>

Source:World Wildlife Fund


Related biology news :

1. Camera Traps Reveal Rare Asiatic Cheetahs
2. Catching cancers spread by watching hemoglobin
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/6/2017)... Forecasts by Product Type (EAC), Biometrics, Card-Based ... & Logistics, Government & Public Sector, Utilities / Energy ... Nuclear Power), Industrial, Retail, Business Organisation (BFSI), Hospitality & ... for a definitive report on the $27.9bn Access Control ... ...
(Date:4/5/2017)... 2017 KEY FINDINGS The global ... a CAGR of 25.76% during the forecast period of ... factor for the growth of the stem cell market. ... MARKET INSIGHTS The global stem cell market is ... geography. The stem cell market of the product is ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... -- On April 6-7, 2017, Sequencing.com will host the world,s ... at Microsoft,s headquarters in Redmond, Washington ... health and wellness apps that provide a unique, personalized ... is the first hackathon for personal genomics and the ... the genomics, tech and health industries are sending teams ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:9/14/2017)... ... 2017 , ... One of the world’s largest World Marrow Donor Day events ... that day, the GenCure Marrow Donor Program will be signing up potential donors for ... San Antonio. , The registration tables will be staffed by employees from all the ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... PhysIQ, a Chicago-based company that provides a ... and clinical trial support, earned DPharm Idol 2017 honors at the 7th annual ... in 2005, PhysIQ leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to empower digital health. The company ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... , ... September 12, 2017 , ... ... extremely pleased to announce that Jeremy Nicholson, Head of the Department of Surgery ... will deliver the 2018 Wallace H. Coulter Lecture. His presentation, “Analytical Science ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... ... September 11, 2017 , ... An August 30th article on Daily ... idea that only aging and overweight patients suffer from enlarged veins (genetics are also ... cosmetic concern. , The Washington State clinic Northwest Vein & Aesthetic Center notes ...
Breaking Biology Technology: