Camera Traps

Photo by TBS Camera Trap Program

Camera Trap Project at TBS

John Blake, University of Florida

Diego Mosquera, Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Our Camera Trap Project has been continuously monitoring terrestrial birds and mammals since 2004, using camera traps to generate information about their occurrence, distribution and relative abundance over time. The camera project has demonstrated to be a successful method to document occurrence and abundance of many species. It is particularly noteworthy the photographs of at least 20 different individuals of jaguars, photos of rare carnivores such as the short-eared dog and the bush dog, and the frequent photos of giant armadillos, tapirs, peccaries and other human hunted species. All these results emphasize the importance of preserving places like TBS, the quality of the forest and its conservation value.

The Camera Trap Project researchers are looking to obtain information from places like TBS, where there is no human hunting activity, so it can be compared with areas that suffer from this and other human related activities and subsequently create better standards for current or new protected areas.

You can learn more about our Camera Trap Project’s results in the following scientific articles:

Check out some of the most impressive footage we have obtained over the years!