Title

African golden cats, citizen science, and serendipity: tapping the camera trap revolution

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Sheil, D, Mugerwa, B & Fegraus, EH 2013, 'African golden cats, citizen science, and serendipity: tapping the camera trap revolution', South African Journal of Wildlife Research, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 74-78.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3957/056.043.0114

Abstract

The use of camera traps for wildlife research and monitoring is increasing and this is yielding significant observations at an accelerating pace. Yet many potentially valuable observations are overlooked, misinterpreted or withheld. Using our first-ever images of a wild African golden cat (Caracal aurata) catching prey, we consider practical challenges and opportunities for more effective image management systems. In particular we highlight the benefits of online image archives and assessments.