Estimating Tiger Abundance from Camera Trap Data: Field Surveys and Analytical Issues


Automated photography of tigers Panthera tigris for purely illustrative purposes was pioneered by British forester Fred Champion (1927, 1933) in India in the early part of the Twentieth Century. However, it was McDougal (1977) in Nepal who first used camera traps, equipped with single-lens reflex cameras activated by pressure pads, to identify individual tigers and study their social and predatory behaviors. These attempts involved a small number of expensive, cumbersome camera traps, and were not, in any formal sense, directed at “sampling” tiger populations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wildlife Conservation Society – India ProgramCentre for Wildlife StudiesBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.U.S. Geological SurveyPatuxent Wildlife Research CenterLaurelUSA

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