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Successful observation of orangutans in the wild with thermal-equipped drones

Burke, C, Rashman, MF, Longmore, SN, McAree, O, Glover-Kapfer, P, Ancrenaz, M and Wich, SA (2019) Successful observation of orangutans in the wild with thermal-equipped drones. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems. ISSN 2291-3467

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Abstract

We investigated the efficacy of a drone equipped with a thermal camera as a potential survey tool to detect wild Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) and other tropical primates. Using the thermal camera we successfully detected 41 orangutans and a troop of proboscis monkeys, all of which were confirmed by ground observers. We discuss the potential advantages and limitations of thermal-equipped drones as a tool to complement other methods, and the potential of this technology for use as a future survey tool.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Claire Burke, Maisie Frances Rashman, Steve N Longmore, Owen McAree, Paul Glover-Kapfer , Marc Ancrenaz, Serge Wich. Successful observation of orangutans in the wild with thermal-equipped drones. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems © Canadian Science Publishing
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: NRC Research Press
Date Deposited: 14 May 2019 08:00
Last Modified: 14 May 2019 08:00
DOI or Identification number: 10.1139/juvs-2018-0035
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10675

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