These are the images from hidden cameras that captured truly fascinating Costa Rica wildlife deep in the tropical rainforest. The Costa Rica wildlife photos form part of an album of 52,000 pictures released on the 17th of August by Conservation International, a group that promotes wildlife protection.
Groundbreaking Camera Trap Study captures Costa Rica wildlife
The images were captured from three continents and seven countries highlighting the importance of protected areas and a coordinated approach to mammal conservation and diversity.
Researchers positioned 420 camouflaged cameras in seven different wildlife preserves in Suriname, Indonesia, Tanzania, Brazil, Uganda, Laos and of course Costa Rica, home to an incredible 5% of the world’s biodiversity.
The heat sensitive cameras captured images of mammals, large birds and lizards for a month during dry season beginning in 2008 in the Volcan Barva Transect in Costa Rica. ‘These kind of captured them doing what they’re doing, being themselves,’ said study lead author Jorge Ahumada, technical director of the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network.
Rare Costa Rica wildlife in Braulio Carrillo National Park caught on camera
Images of anteaters, ocelots, pumas and the Baird’s Tapir a very rare and endangered species were captured in the Barva Volcano-La Selva Biological
Station altitudinal transect, Braulio Carrillo National Park. The Barva Transect covers 7,690 ha of mature forest and ranges from 30 to 2906 m a.s.l. It is the largest uninterrupted tract of mature forest remaining in Central America.
After reviewing the study, Stanford University biologist Terry Root, said “‘What a great study, Mammals are very hard to census because they are afraid of humans, and they have better ways of hiding than we have of finding them.’
The results of the study were published in the article “Community structure and diversity of tropical mammals: data from a global camera trap network”, in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. The study was led by Dr. Jorge Ahumada, ecologist with the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network (TEAM).