No one would deny that camera traps have revolutionised wildlife research and conservation. The age where researchers spent weeks on end in wilderness areas, painstakingly studying the subjects of their research and capturing data in notebooks is slowly disappearing. Fast forward to today and camera traps do that and more in a scientific and highly efficient way.
Commonly placed at watering holes and along game trails, camera traps are invaluable tools for documenting wildlife presence, species and numbers, population changes and movements and interactions between animals.
They are also useful in monitoring species affected by poaching as well as identifying threats to parks. Sometimes they even catch poachers on the job.
In addition, they are known to serve up humorous and quirky moments we would otherwise seldom witness.
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