20 Feb 2013:
Camera Trap in Amazon Gives Stunning Glimpse of Species Diversity
Using footage from a camera trap trained on a single “colpa” salt lick in the remote jungle of the western Amazon, a Peru-based conservationist has captured a rare glimpse into the region’s robust biodiversity, documenting an array of species, some of which are threatened, in an area now targeted by loggers, miners, and other developers. During a four-week period, Paul Rosolie’s camera collected footage of dozens of species, including a troop of howler monkeys, a giant anteater, and a host of big cats — including jaguars, pumas, and ocelots — constantly on the hunt for prey. In a short film, Rosolie, a field director at a research station for Tamandua Expeditions, documents a wide array of wildlife in a region of the lower Las Piedras River in Peru. “Seeing incredible abundance and diversity at a single location in the forest, in so short a time, is something we have never seen before,” Rosolie told Mongabay. The film also documents the persistent threat of predators in this wild land. At one point, the camera shows Rosolie himself adjusting the camera at night; within two minutes, the camera captured a large male jaguar as it slowly stalked Rosolie in the same location.