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Noninvasive Technologies for Primate Conservation in the 21st Century

Piel, AK; Crunchant, A; Knot, IE; Chalmers, C; Fergus, P; Mulero-Pázmány, M; Wich, SA; (2021) Noninvasive Technologies for Primate Conservation in the 21st Century. International Journal of Primatology 10.1007/s10764-021-00245-z. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Observing and quantifying primate behavior in the wild is challenging. Human presence affects primate behavior and habituation of new, especially terrestrial, individuals is a time-intensive process that carries with it ethical and health concerns, especially during the recent pandemic when primates are at even greater risk than usual. As a result, wildlife researchers, including primatologists, have increasingly turned to new technologies to answer questions and provide important data related to primate conservation. Tools and methods should be chosen carefully to maximize and improve the data that will be used to answer the research questions. We review here the role of four indirect methods—camera traps, acoustic monitoring, drones, and portable field labs—and improvements in machine learning that offer rapid, reliable means of combing through large datasets that these methods generate. We describe key applications and limitations of each tool in primate conservation, and where we anticipate primate conservation technology moving forward in the coming years.

Type: Article
Title: Noninvasive Technologies for Primate Conservation in the 21st Century
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10764-021-00245-z
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10764-021-00245-z
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: Endangered, Methods, Monitoring, Remote Sensing, Tools
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10136957
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