Habitat Selection and GPS Collared

Although translocation has been used in mitigating human-carnivore conflict for decades, few studies have been conducted on the behavioral ecology of released animals. Such information is necessary in the context of sustainable forest management. In this study we determine the type of land cover used as main habitat and examine the activity pattern of translocated tigers. Between 2008 and 2010 we captured six conflict tigers and translocated them 74-1,350 km from their capture sites in Sumatra.

All tigers were fitted with global positioning system (GPS) collars. The habitat type within their new homerange, and tended to select the majority of natural land cover type within the landscapes as their main habitat, but the availability of natural forest habitat within the landscape remains essensial for their survival. The activity of male translocated tigers differed significantly between the six time interval of 24 hours, and their most active periods were in the afternoon (14:00-18:00 hours) and in the evening (18:00-22:00 hours).

Despite being preliminary, the findings of this study-which was the first such study conducted in Sumatra-highlight the conservation value of tiger translocation and provide valuable information for improving future management of conflict tigers.

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