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Experimenting usage of camera-traps for population dynamics study of the Asian elephant Elephas maximus in southern India

Varma, Surendra and Pittet, Andre and Jamadagni, HS (2006) Experimenting usage of camera-traps for population dynamics study of the Asian elephant Elephas maximus in southern India. In: Current Science., 91 (3). pp. 324-331.

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Abstract

To evaluate the application of camera-trap technology in population dynamics studies of the Asian elephant, indigenously designed, cost-effective, infrared-triggered camera-traps were used. Usability of pictures was defined based on quality, clarity and positioning of the subject. With 99 pictures of 330 elephants, 20 sequences were obtained and 44 distinct individuals were identified. It was found that 38.6% were adult females, 4.5% adult males, 13.6% sub-adult females, 6.8% sub-adult males, 20.4% juvenile females, while juvenile males were poorly represented (2%), and 13.6% were calves. These results were surprisingly identical with those of other systematic and long-term studies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Keywords: Camera-trap;Elephas maximus;Population;Sampling efforts;Technology.
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electronic Systems Engineering (Formerly, (CEDT) Centre for Electronic Design & Technology)
Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:31
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/8664

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