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Zebra fingerprints : towards a computer-aided identification system for individual zebra
journal contributionposted on 2007-06-01, 00:00 authored by G Foster, H Krijger, Shaun BangayShaun Bangay
Information regarding wildlife behavioural patterns provides researchers with clearer understanding of species. Social interactions, breeding habits, feeding and migration trends are key factors influencing decisions in game management and ecological impact assessment. In order to obtain such information researchers must be able to track individual animals over a period of time. One of the commonest methods of identifying individual animals is to tag them with radio, satellite, or GPS transmitters (Mech & Barber, 2002). While these systems are very effective, they are often costly and can be traumatic for tagged animals.