New Paper: Drones and Bornean Orangutan Distribution

Sol Milne's new paper, Drivers of Bornean Orangutan Distribution across a Multiple-Use Tropical Landscape, is now available. 

Using drones to detect orangutan nest density in aerial surveys (as shared during our previous #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenges), Sol and his fellow researchers were able to better understand the importance of strangler fig trees in creating and maintaining suitable orangutan habitat.

Download the full paper here.

Date published: 2021/02/12

Sol Milne's new paper, Drivers of Bornean Orangutan Distribution across a Multiple-Use Tropical Landscape, is now available. 

This research was conducted through a combination of aerial surveys and ground transects, and aimed to collect data on orangutan populations through nest counts. The data helped Sol and his fellow researchers understand the factors that make a habitat suitable for orangutans, which will help orangutan conservationists protect and conserve habitat for this species in the future.

Data was also analyzed throughout this study by citizen scientists on Zooniverse's Orangutan Nest Watch, with over 3,600 volunteers helping researchers identify nest sites in almost 19,000 photos.

Download the full paper here.

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