Saturday, March 5, 2011

Candid Camera in the Wild

Researching animals in the wild can be challenging, especially if it involves a rare or elusive species like the giant panda or the clouded leopard. To remedy this, scientists rely heavily on camera traps— cameras triggered with motion sensors. Left to photograph what passes in front of them, the cameras record the diversity and often times the behavior of animals around the world. The Smithsonian has brought together more than 200,000 wildlife photos from seven projects conducted by Smithsonian researchers and their colleagues into one searchable website.

“This site provides the public a glimpse of what the scientist sees when surveying remote places,” said William McShea, research wildlife biologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. “Not every photo is beautiful but every photo provides information that can be used to conserve wild animals. It is addictive to scroll through the photos at a single site and see the diversity that walks by a single camera in the forest.”

Check them out here :

Be sure to click on the species name or location to view all the photos.

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