Tuesday, 14 March 2006
In Namibia, one of the exciting research projects on the way is to help us estimate the remaining populations of cheetah in non-invasive manners. We do this via photographic captures, and DNA-based captures. In photo trapping, the animal will trigger self-activating cameras and take their own pictures. Last year we purchased a total of 40 Deer CAM passive motion/heat sensor camera traps to this effect. In the DNA-based sample surveys, instead of a picture of the animal, the individual identification is provided by a sample of a body hair that is snagged by a device placed in the animal's path. CCF's research during the past six months has focused on developing techniques to employ these census methodologies in CCF's research study area.
Posted by Richard Elen at 4:30 pm