Biodiv Sci ›› 2020, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (9): 1081-1089.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2019292

• Special Feature: Wildlife Camera-trapping Networks in China • Previous Articles     Next Articles

Construction progress of camera-trapping database from the Nature Reserves Biological Specimen Resources Sharing Sub-platform

Jia Li1#, Xiulei Wang1#, Mingwei Yang2, Daxiang Chen2, Xiaoju Wang3, Ping Luo4, Fang Liu1, Yadong Xue1, Guangliang Li1, Yuguang Zhang1, Yu Zhang1, Diqiang Li1,*()   

  1. 1 Research Institute of Forest Ecology, Environment and Protection, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing 100091
    2 Yunnan Tongbiguan Bureau of Provincial Nature Reserve, Dehong, Yunnan 678400
    3 Scientific Research Institute of Shennongjia National Park Administration, Shennongjia, Hubei 442121
    4 Chongqing Wulong Baimashan Bureau of Provincial Nature Reserve, Chongqing 408500
  • Received:2019-09-17 Accepted:2020-07-20 Online:2020-09-20 Published:2020-10-22
  • Contact: Diqiang Li
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Infrared-triggered camera-trapping has been widely used for wildlife research. The development of this technology has helped facilitate contemporary biodiversity research and helped with conservation efforts in China. To promote the application of infrared-triggered camera-trapping in wildlife monitoring and research in China, the Research Institute of Forest Ecology, Environment and Protection, Chinese Academy of Forestry added a wildlife camera-trapping database in Nature Reserves Biological Specimen Resources Sharing Sub-platform, that is publicly available at the website of This paper briefly introduces the sub-platform by summarizing field areas being monitored, the monitoring program, how data is stored and analyzed, an introduction of achievements accomplished, and a summary of the next work plan. From 2010 to 2019, the sub-platform used infrared camera technology to investigate the diversity of mammals and birds in 13 different protected areas in China. This included 272,500 camera days 84,100 independent photographs, and the identification of 80 mammals species and 200 bird species. These recordings helped with animal behavior research, detection of rare species, understanding the effects of human disturbance and climate change, as well as with research in other fields. The next steps will be for the sub-platform to set up the sharing platform of camera-trapping database for nature protected areas, formulate unified and standardized plans for infrared camera survey design, monitor technology and data format, and work on gradually improving the infrared camera monitoring network for wildlife in China’s protected areas.

Key words: camera trapping, wildlife monitoring, species list, nature protected area, data sharing