About the cameras
What are camera traps?
The challenge of trapping animals on film
While the device itself is not complicated, getting the film developed is. Because the cameras are placed in such remote locations, it often takes a full day to hike to each one. Cameras must also be moved occasionally because their flashes often alert animals to their presence, causing those animals to avoid the area in the future.
Due to the moist, hot climate of many of the forest locations WWF is working, the cameras often malfunction, so scientists will be lucky if two-thirds of the pictures are of any animals at all. Scientists can only achieve that rate of return in a dense forest because they do significant research before placing the cameras in order to determine the most efficient and productive locations.
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Behind the camera
Important for scientific research
It is also important to remember that these pictures, while amazing in their own right, are actually scientific data that scientists will use to obtain critical information about wildlife and their habitats.