Researchers to Put ‘Voice’ to Helping Tigers

Microphone arrays will be used to monitor the big cats and detect their 'voices.'


A North Texas research project hopes to use the voices of tigers in conservation efforts to save big cats around the world.

Called “The Prusten Project,” the program intends to use an individual tiger’s unique call to develop noninvasive acoustic monitoring of the animals. Microphone arrays would be placed strategically across a tiger’s home range ranges to allow for taking a census and to protect the animals from poachers.

Founder Courtney Dunn works at the Dallas World Aquarium, talked recently with KERA’s Justin Martin about how the voice monitoring could be a major addition to currently methods of monitoring big cats — tracking paw prints or camera traps.

She said she was able to discern different animals from their voices, and that if a human ear could detect it, then what would a computer program be able to accomplish.

You can find more here, along with the KERA interview.

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