Mississippi State University
Morin, Dana J.
Challender, Daniel D.W.S.
Evans, Kristine O.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Forest Resources
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Tropical African pangolin species are threatened throughout their range due to habitat loss and illegal take. Limited knowledge on distribution has rendered conservation efforts challenging. Methods commonly used for other wildlife species need to be tested for each pangolin species as each has variable ecologies requiring specific detection and monitoring techniques. This thesis evaluates the efficacy of two non-invasive environmental methods for detecting tropical African pangolin species, and consists of two complementary studies; a proof of concept study using soil sourced eDNA from a white-bellied pangolin enclosure in the Columbus Zoo, Ohio, to detect the species, and a field study in the Campo Ma’an National Park, Cameroon, to evaluate the efficacy of targeted camera traps (terrestrial and arboreal), and environmental DNA (soil sourced eDNA and water sourced eDNA) to detect each tropical African pangolin species. Study results contribute to future ecological monitoring efforts for each species to inform conservation actions.
Ichu, Ichu Godwill, "Evaluating non-invasive environmental methods for detecting tropical African pangolin species to inform conservation actions" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 5549.