1.) Why do we need to study tigers?
Tiger populations have had a severe decline since the 1990s. Bengal, Amur, Sumatran, Malayan, South China and Indo-Chinese Tigers are all at least endangered while the Bali, Javan and Caspian species have gone extinct. Because of these extreme declines in populations we need to understand why tigers are going extinct and what we can do to prevent this and increase populations.
2.) What is The Prusten Project?
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
Bioacoustics is a relatively new way to research species but is growing rapidly. We can install our recorders in zoos or in the wild to study tigers. The price of these recorders continues to decrease, and battery life continues to increase which means data doesn’t need to be retrieved as frequently. With some accuracy, we can currently determine the sex of tigers through their chuffs (roars) but hope to learn much more which can help us determine population density and the health of tigers in areas where our recorders are installed.
Below are just a few of the zoos and sanctuaries that we work with:
- Only use sustainable palm oil so tigers’ habitats won’t be lost. Ways to do this include using the Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping App
- Not using plastic bags
- Turning off water and lights when not in use
The Prusten Project is happy to give you even more information about tigers and what we are doing to save the species. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to talk to your group.