Biodiv Sci ›› 2014, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (6): 696-703.  DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1003.2014.14225

Special Issue: 野生动物的红外相机监测

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Infrared camera traps in wildlife research and monitoring in China: issues and insights

Lvbing Zhang1,2, Shaopeng Cui1,2, Yuanjun Huang1,2, Daiqiang Chen1,2, Huijie Qiao1, Chunwang Li1, Zhigang Jiang1,*()   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049
  • Received:2014-10-23 Accepted:2014-11-23 Online:2014-11-20 Published:2014-12-11
  • Contact: Jiang Zhigang


Infrared-triggered camera (camera trap) is a “non-invasive” method for detecting or recording wild animals, and is a useful tool for studying animal diversity, population ecology and animal behavior. The development of infrared camera traps facilitates contemporary biodiversity research and conservation efforts in China. In addition to researchers, most Chinese nature reserves are using camera traps to monitor animals. Based on publications from the past two decades, we summarized common issues related to research content, experimental design, and trends in infrared camera usage. We also discuss the drawbacks and limitations of infrared cameras in terms of disturbance to animals, image identification, and scope of application and security of the cameras in the field. Finally, we provide direction for the future establishment of monitoring protocols, data integration and sharing, and improving monitoring efficiency in using camera traps.

Key words: infrared triggered camera, camera trap, wild animal monitoring, biodiversity, population, nature reserve