Stouffer wildlife timers as an index of vertebrate activity periods in a tropical forest Academic Article uri icon


  • Wildlife timers are an inexpensive alternative to radiotelemetry and camera trapping for assessing activity patterns of vertebrates. We tested the validity of using time-of-capture as an index of species activity periods by comparing wildlife-timer activity data with a concurrent radiotelemetry study of leopard cats (Prionailurus bengalensis) in Thailand. The wildlife timers yielded valid temporal data for a variety of captured vertebrates, although they were prone to mechanical failure in a moist, tropical environment. We recommend sheltering timers from direct rainfall and using silicone sealant to increase timer durability.

published proceedings

  • Wildlife Society Bulletin

author list (cited authors)

  • Grassman, L. I., Haines, A. M., Tewes, M. E., & Silvy, N. J.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Grassman, Lon I||Haines, Aaron M||Tewes, Michael E||Silvy, Nova J

publication date

  • September 2005