Terrestrial vertebrate monitoring

As climate change will lead to higher temperatures, terrestrial vertebrates are expected to seek cooler habitats, at higher altitudes, in order to survive. It is therefore increasingly important to study species’ distribution and its temporal variance in relation with the climatic variations of an area.

terresterial.PNGAs part of a global biodiversity monitoring programme (TEAM), we set up automatic, infrared cameras in the forest. These cameras are triggered by movement, even at night, and take black and white pictures.

Each year, in the dry season (May-August), we put 30 cameras in the forest (see map) and leave them out for a month. After collecting them, we redeploy them again for a month in a different section of the forest. After retrieval from the field, the animals in the images are identified, and the images systematically archived and sent to TEAM for uploading onto their website.

In the first TEAM year in Bwindi (2010), 1800 camera trap days, we have captured 12,605 images of 28 animal species (from 28 families).

Some of the recently captured images

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