Animal Conservation

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Edited By: Res Altwegg, Darren Evans, John Ewen, Iain Gordon, Jeff A. Johnson, Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita and Julie Young

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 10/49 (Biodiversity Conservation); 48/150 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1469-1795

Associated Title(s): International Zoo Yearbook, Journal of Zoology, Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation

Virtual Issue - Camera Trapping

Gompper, M.E. & Pettorelli, N.

School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri 65211, USA
Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK

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Camera trapping refers to the use of remotely triggered cameras to capture images of wildlife. Its first use dates to the late 1890s when George Shiras III experimented with combinations of hand-operated, spring-pole baited, and trip-wire triggered large-format cameras and explosive magnesium powder or alcohol lamp flashes to photograph wild animals in natural settings (Shiras 1936). Following in his steps, many early naturalists created ‘traps’ by wiring plates, bait, or trip wires to film cameras, and the resulting images were often startling in their beauty and in their ability to provide glimpses of undisturbed animals going about their daily business. Yet the use of cameras to survey animal populations remained an anomaly until about the early 1990s when the number of papers on the use of remote-cameras increased dramatically. In the late 1990s the first broad review of the use of these techniques for wildlife research was published (Cutler and Swann 1999). At this point the photography equipment began to be paired with more sophisticated sampling designs, and attention turned to the important experiment design questions such as the use of sampling grids, the calculation of detection rates, and the simultaneous deployment of multiple cameras. With these advances came the ability to apply cameras to address complex issues across broader spatial scales, such as the identification of the factors shaping variation in animal distribution...

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The use of photographic rates to estimate densities of tigers and other cryptic mammals
C. Carbone, S. Christie, K. Conforti, T. Coulson, N. Franklin, J. R. Ginsberg, M. Griffiths, J. Holden, K. Kawanishi, M. Kinnaird, R. Laidlaw, A. Lynam, D. W. Macdonald, D. Martyr, C. McDougal, L. Nath, T. O'Brien, J. Seidensticker, D. J. L. Smith, M. Sunquist, R. Tilson and W. N. Wan Shahruddin

Crouching tigers, hidden prey: Sumatran tiger and prey populations in a tropical forest landscape
Timothy G. O'Brien, Margaret F. Kinnaird and Hariyo T. Wibisono

Effects of trapping effort and trap shyness on estimates of tiger abundance from camera trap studies
Per Wegge, Chiranjibi Pd. Pokheral and Shant Raj Jnawali

Estimation of tiger densities in the tropical dry forests of Panna, Central India, using photographic capture–recapture sampling
K. Ullas Karanth, Raghunandan S. Chundawat, James D. Nichols and N. Samba Kumar

Effects of human–carnivore conflict on tiger (Panthera tigris) and prey populations in Lao PDR
Volume 9, Issue 4 (Pages 421-430) A. Johnson, C. Vongkhamheng, M. Hedemark and T. Saithongdam

An evaluation of camera traps for inventorying large- and medium-sized terrestrial rainforest mammals
M. W. Tobler, S. E. Carrillo-Percastegui, R. Leite Pitman, R. Mares and G. Powell

Carnivore biodiversity in Tanzania: revealing the distribution patterns of secretive mammals using camera traps
N. Pettorelli, A. L. Lobora, M. J. Msuha, C. Foley and S. M. Durant

 Edge effects and the impact of non-protected areas in carnivore conservation: leopards in the Phinda–Mkhuze Complex, South Africa
G. A. Balme, R. Slotow and L. T. B. Hunter

Evaluating capture–recapture population and density estimation of tigers in a population with known parameters
R. K. Sharma, Y. Jhala, Q. Qureshi, J. Vattakaven, R. Gopal and K. Nayak

The Wildlife Picture Index: monitoring top trophic levels
T. G. O'Brien, J. E. M. Baillie, L. Krueger and M. Cuke

Carnivore co-existence and habitat use in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Belize
M. L. Davis, M. J. Kelly and D. F. Stauffer

Comparison of density estimation methods for mammal populations with camera traps in the Kaa-Iya del Gran Chaco landscape
A. J. Noss, B. Gardner, L. Maffei, E. Cuéllar, R. Montaño, A. Romero-Muñoz, R. Sollman and A. F. O'Connell