The Prusten Project is an innovative project which combines the fields of conservation biology, bioacoustics, animal behavior, and ecology to study the social vocalizations of tigers. Determining if tigers do have unique vocalizations per sex, age, or individual could lead to new methods of remote monitoring which could allow a more efficient as well as minimally disruptive census of critical populations where dense jungle prohibits visual confirmation. A project of this magnitude will be the first of its kind for tropical mammals—specifically large carnivores.
Acoustic monitoring holds the promise of more efficient protection efforts and decrease in the potential for local crime rates related to poaching rings, as a more accurate census would allow law enforcement to focus on core areas. Collaborators from the Elephant Listening Project, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Panthera, and the Cornell Bioacoustics Research Lab continue to make this research endeavor become a reality while our team of citizen scientists provides us with the means to do so.
Learn why we chose to study tigers.
Meet the people behind the project.