WWF today released its latest camera trap video, showing the first-ever images of a rare female Sumatran tiger with her cubs. With fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, this is rare footage indeed -- captured after five years of studying the tigers using camera traps, which are typically triggered by motion sensors and which are sometimes outfitted with infrared devices to capture footage of nocturnal creatures.
"We are very concerned though, because the territory of this tigress and its cubs is being rapidly cleared by two global paper companies (Sinar Mas/APP and APRIL), palm oil plantations, encroachers and illegal loggers," said Karmila Parakkasi, the leader of WWF-Indonesia's Sumatran tiger research team. "Will the cubs survive to adulthood in this environment?"
So then, camera traps are useful tools for scientists and conservationists... but they also make for great armchair entertainment. Check out the latest WWF video, and then this selection of some of the greatest camera trap videos available on the Web:
This rare rhino, clearly curious, investigates the camera trap while making some (I'll say it) adorable grunting noises.
The Borneo rhino was gentler than this Java rhino, also rare... and not at all pleased at being shot on the sly.
Some helpful editing makes it clear that this tapir is not alone...
Did you see that?
Page 2: Camera trap wildlife videos of a baby giant anteater (or is that a giant baby anteater?), a black bear scratching its back, armadillo babies and Alaskan scavengers making slow work of a moose carcass.
Page 3: Camera trap wildlife videos of an angry elephant, an otter feeding on fish and a hedgehog sharing a moment with a kitty in the garden.
Page 4: Camera trap wildlife videos of some species you've probably never heard of, like the grey-faced sengi and the Abbott's duiker.
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