Viewing unscripted footage of wild animals is a great way to increase one’s appreciation of them. Therefore I am happy to share this article from Mongabay.
Six months ago, researchers with the Crees Foundation placed 120 camera traps (80 of which were new arboreal camera traps) in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the last strongholds for the Peruvian Amazon. It takes a unique approach to conservation, in that it allows local people to utilize forest resources. Instead of taking a preservationist stance, the Crees Foundation focuses on sustainable development. Their goal is to help the area’s residents better their lives without destroying the forest (Crees Foundation, 2015a). It seems to be working.
Crees’ cameras caught spectacular footage of many rare Amazonian animals. Among them were harpy eagles (Harpia harpyja), black-faced spider monkeys (Ateles chamek), and a host of wild felids.
Crees was also able to videotape many of the area’s wild felids. They caught the largely tree-dwelling margay (Leopardus wiedii), the jaguarundi (Herpailurus yagouaroundi), and the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis). They also obtained footage of pumas (Puma concolor) and jaguars (Panthera onca). This is further evidence that with conscious effort, humans and wildlife can coexist.
Below is a video featuring all five of the cat species filmed by Crees’ camera traps. But I highly recommend you follow this link to Mongabay’s original article. It contains six additional videos from the Crees foundation. You can also click here to learn more about Crees.