ABConservation and the camera trapping

By Aymeric Dufresnoy - updated on 30/03/2022

Number of camera trap studies published in peer-reviewed literature from 1950-2009. 2009 data are extrapolated from numbers for the first 10 months.

The number of scientific publications reporting camera trap studies has grown exponentially in the past years. During the second half of the 20th century, there were approximately a hundred camera trap studies published (Cutler and Swann, 1999) whereas in 2010, Diment and his team found around 780 publications on this topic in available peer-reviewed literature (Fig 1).

ABConservation created its Bearcat Study Program (BSP) based in Palawan in 2017 [...]

Since 2010, the cameras’ capacities and available technologies have been developed significantly. As camera trapping allows scientists to observe animal behaviour without interacting with them directly, this therefore reduces typical biases related to stress due to disturbance by the observer.

Binturong of Palawan, December 2017 (credit : ABConservation)

ABConservation created its Bearcat Study Program (BSP) based in Palawan in 2017, to study and learn more about this animal in its natural habitat. You can have a look at what we have done so far on our website (HERE). One of our objectives for 2022 and years to come is to create a distribution map of binturongs on Palawan Island: this way, we can identify in which areas protection measures should be implemented first. We also wish to involve local authorities so that this initiative becomes a national conservation project for binturongs.

Adok and Pauline - Set up of cameras in trees - Palawan Island - 2017 (credit : ABConservation)

[...]improving arboreal camera trapping.

Before we begin our study to reach these goals, we want to carry out a short preliminary study on improving arboreal camera trapping. This will allow us to clearly define the ecology of our study site. We will then create an occupancy model to estimate the home range of Palawan binturongs.

 Set up of camera traps in trees - Palawan Island - 2017 (credit : ABConservation)

In the future, we hope to gain knowledge on binturong diet and reproduction, how this species interacts with other animals, and its role in seed germination and dispersal (see the mechanism called endozoochory).

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