Behavior and Activity Patterns



The study of animal behavior has long been a topic of interest to evolutionary biologists, conservation biologists, and wildlife managers. The study of activity patterns is a subset of the general study of behavior. Jürgen Aschoff, famous for his research of circadian rhythms, stated in 1954 “an animal is active when it moves parts of its body or moves itself.” Despite the popularity of this research topic, recording and quantifying behavior and activity patterns in wild, free-ranging animals presents challenges and, to this end, a variety of techniques have been employed with varying degrees of success. Remote camera systems (i.e., camera traps) are the newest tool for researchers examining both animal behavior and activity patterns. Although not a panacea, camera traps have allowed researchers to overcome some of the ­challenges that have hampered previous efforts. In this chapter, we review ­applications of camera traps to the study of animal behavior and activity.


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  1. 1.Institute for Wildlife StudiesSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Director, Proyecto Gestión Integrada de Territorios IndígenasWildlife Conservation Society – EcuadorQuitoEcuador

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