The Use of Remote Camera Trapping to Study Cheetahs: Past Reflections and Future Directions

Ezequiel Fabiano*, Lorraine K. Boast, Angela K. Fuller, Chris Sutherland

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Remote camera trapping is an efficient noninvasive technique for monitoring rare and elusive species, such as cheetahs. The unique pelage pattern of cheetahs allows for identification of individuals from photographs, providing detection histories that are naturally suited for abundance estimation using capture-recapture methods. Furthermore, the spatial location of photographic detections allows for the use of spatial capture-recapture models, which provide estimates of density. In this chapter, we describe aspects of cheetah ecology that should be considered when designing camera trapping surveys (e.g., social structure, natural densities, and home range size) to estimate cheetah density and provide guidance for future camera trap sampling and analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCheetahs
Subtitle of host publicationBiology and Conservation: Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780128041208
ISBN (Print)9780128040881
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Abundance
  • Camera trap
  • Density
  • Spatial capture-recapture


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