Camera traps are a vital tool for conserving wild felids (cats). Do to their elusive nature, these creatures are difficult to glimpse in the wild. While cats’ propensity for stealth is key to their survival, it also makes them difficult to study. Thankfully camera traps make the job a little easier.
Such devices allow scientists to monitor wild felids remotely. They can set up a network of cameras and then leave the area, allowing animals to go about their lives undisturbed. Most camera traps take a photo or video when they detect an abrupt change in heat, signaling an animal’s presence. Through careful planning they can be set in intricate patterns that, when combined with mathematics, allow researchers to estimate how numerous a species is in an area.
Below is a compilation of excellent footage from camera traps all around the world. In addition to showcasing stunning videos of wild felids, it also provides good information about how camera traps are used in conservation. Be sure to check it out!