Google+ Hangout: Get to Know India’s Curious Big Cats

As part of Big Cat Week on Nat Geo Wild, several National Geographic big cat researchers, photographers, and conservationists (including me) are joining together for a live video chat via Google+ Hangout Wednesday, December 3rd at 1 p.m. EST (6 p.m. UTC).

This is your chance to get your questions about these beautiful, fascinating, and highly endangered animals answered by those of us who spend our lives living, working, and thinking about them all the time.

Our Projects in India

One of the most important tools we’re using for research and conservation in India is the camera trap.

Camera traps are commonly used by scientists to identify and assess populations of big cats in the wild. As global pioneers of scientific camera trapping, the Wildlife Conservation Society-India Program has a fabulous collection of tiger and leopard images dating back to 1989.

This rich repository includes more than 6,000 images of 765 individually identified tigers (Pictures 1-2) and more than 7,000 images of 825 individually identified leopards from the Western Ghats (Pictures 3-4). Individual animals are identified based on their unique stripe or rosette patterns using a pattern matching software called Extract Compare.

Cameras allow us to identify individual cats with distinct and —> Read More Here


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