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The use of remote camera trapping to study cheetahs

January 12, 2018

Remote camera trapping is an efficient noninvasive technique for monitoring rare and elusive species, such as cheetahs. The unique pelage pattern of cheetahs allows for identification of individuals from photographs, providing detection histories that are naturally suited for abundance estimation using capture–recapture methods. Furthermore, the spatial location of photographic detections allows for the use of spatial capture–recapture models, which provide estimates of density. In this chapter, we describe aspects of cheetah ecology that should be considered when designing camera trapping surveys (e.g., social structure, natural densities, and home range size) to estimate cheetah density and provide guidance for future camera trap sampling and analysis.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2018
Title The use of remote camera trapping to study cheetahs
DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-804088-1.00029-0
Authors Ezequiel Fabiano, Lorraine Boast, Angela K. Fuller, Chris Sutherland
Publication Type Book Chapter
Index ID 70204352
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coop Res Unit Leetown

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