Camera traps in Ecuador

These camera trap images highlight the spectacular and wide variety of wildlife that lives in Yasuní National Park, Ecuador.

The camera traps were strategically placed by Santiago Espinosa, an Ecuadorian conservationist, to record jaguar activity.


Santiago spent long periods of time in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon to research the impact of road development and bush meat extraction on jaguar populations in Yasuní National Park.  He also worked closely with local communities to learn about their hunting practices.

WWF Education for Nature Program

Santiago received a Russell E. Train Fellowship from WWF’s Education for Nature Program (EFN) to conduct his research in pursuit of a PhD in wildlife ecology at the University of Florida.

With the generous support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Santiago and nearly 100 other researchers have received support from EFN to pursue graduate studies and conduct research in the Amazon.

With their Russell E. Train Fellowships, these dedicated conservationists are ensuring that endangered species, threatened habitats, and native communities will continue to thrive in the world’s largest tropical rain forest and river basin.

A jaguar is photographed by a camera trap as part of a large-scale census of jaguars in the Amazon ... / ©: Santiago Espinosa
A jaguar is photographed by a camera trap as part of a large-scale census of jaguars in the Amazon region of Ecuador.
© Santiago Espinosa
Two-toed sloth with its baby.  / ©: Santiago Espinosa
Two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus) with its baby.
© Santiago Espinosa

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