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Noninvasive Technologies for Primate Conservation in the 21st Century

Piel, AK, Crunchant, AS, Knot, IE, Chalmers, C, Fergus, P, Mulero-Pázmány, M and Wich, SA (2021) Noninvasive Technologies for Primate Conservation in the 21st Century. International Journal of Primatology. ISSN 0164-0291

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0608 Zoology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Springer
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2021 10:16
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2021 10:30
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/s10764-021-00245-z
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15695
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