n Environmental Management - Eavesdropping on Cameroon's poachers to save endangered primates : wildlife conservation

Volume 2016, Issue 05
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Cameroon's Korup National Park is home to elephants, chimpanzees, Red Colobus monkeys, drill, and a myriad of noisy species, whose squawks, squeals and howls fill the forest air. For more than two years, twelve acoustic monitors were deployed there and recorded every sound covering a 54 square kilometre area of protected tropical forest. They were tuned to listen around the clock for just one sound: gunshots. "Our ultimate goal is to improve the effectiveness of anti-poaching patrols in African tropical forest protected areas," Joshua Linder, one of the lead scientists working on the acoustic monitoring project, told Mongabay.

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