PDXWildlife, an Oregon Zoo organization dedicated to improving the conservation of species, recently expanded their efforts into Asia to study Giant Panda breeding at the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas. Thanks to the advanced IP camera system designed by VideoSurveillance.com, PDXWildlife is now able to record and analyze Giant Pandas' breeding behavior while in captivity. Capturing unwonted or questionable breeding habits on video will help scientists move forward in their research efforts.
The Giant Panda's current reproductive rate of one birth every two years has driven captive breeding programs to closely monitor and record the endangered species' breeding techniques. Known for losing interest in mating while in captivity, Giant Pandas have stupefied animal ecologists for ages. Carefully researching the tracking their behavior is how scientists hope to learn more about the anomaly.
PDXWildlife and its team of scientists took the next step by reaching out to VideoSurveillance.com for its proven knowledge in designing custom security solutions. As one of the leading experts in network cameras, VideoSuveillance.com stepped in and configured a high-performance outdoor day/night IP camera system to help PDXWildlife remotely monitor and record the Giant Pandas. The cameras have been installed and are presently in use at the Bifengxia Panda Reserve in Ya'an China where the Conservation and Research Center is located.
Megan Martin, a staff scientist at PDXWildlife, expressed her enthusiasm about her research role in studying Giant Panda breeding: "I am excited to do a comparison of behaviors during human management hours versus after hours to see the effects of human interactions on breeding behaviors."
For this project, VideoSurveillance.com designed an effective point-to-point wireless surveillance system to address the distinct needs of the panda reserve. Once configured, VideoSurveillance.com shipped the custom-designed network video system to China for implementation. The network video cameras are able to fully function in Ya'an's hot, humid, and rainy climate, and offer high resolution 1 MP images that give researchers clear views of both daytime and nighttime panda activity. At 30 frames per second, the cameras deliver extremely detailed video at the maximum frame rate - a huge benefit to researchers viewing the footage.
The cameras' built-in LED IR illuminators produce high-quality video in environments with little to no lighting, making them ideal for recording the habits of animals after nightfall. The wildlife reserve does not have overnight keepers, so panda behavior recorded between 4:00 pm and 8:00 am was crucial. Because pandas only mate once a year, it was essential for the IP cameras to have true day/night functionality.
According to Martin, the use of IP video has had a significant impact on the study of these beautiful, yet mystifying creatures: "After-hours viewing also gives me flexibility with my research because the behavioral estrous of female pandas often comes on quite suddenly and if we were unable to hand record behaviors from the day before, we still have this data caught on video that we can then analyze."
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