19 Aug '11, 11am

Via NYTimes: Candid Camera for Mammals at Risk

A new global study that uses remote camera traps to take photographs of wild mammals in their habitats suggests that fragmented habitat and the declining size of preserves worldwide are having a negative impact on mammal populations. Researchers from Conservation International, a group based in Arlington, Va., set up 60 remote cameras during the dry season in reserves in Brazil, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Suriname, Tanzania, Laos and Uganda. Researchers later sifted through 52,000 photos of 105 species. It’s a unique window onto what’s happening on the ground. The data shows that the breakdown in natural habitat is causing a decline in the diversity of mammals, in the variety of their sizes and in variations in their diets. The problem of fragmentation is well known, the study’s lead author, the ecologist Jorge Ahumada, acknowledged. “But this is the first time it’s been studi...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/19/candid-camera-f...

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