Camera traps in trees?

March 5, 2020

In Rwanda, a team of researchers, including from WCS, deployed 54 arboreal camera traps set as high as 55 feet to survey wildlife. They counted some 35 mammal species including eight varieties of primate, 12 rodent species, three species of duiker, the honey badger, the side-striped jackal, and others.

One of the arboreal camera traps even detected a new species for the park, the Central African oyan, a small carnivore species.

The team says that combining standard camera trapping with these new arboreal cameras can lead to more accurate population estimates—particularly in hard-to-survey areas.

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