Elusive wildlife such as spectacled bears, pumas and deer are difficult to see and study in forest environments but there is the urgent need to assess their conservation status in areas such as the north-western Ecuadorian mountain forests to focus and determine the effectiveness of conservation efforts.
Our camera trapping project at the Santa Lucia Cloud Forest Reserve aims to capture photographic imagery and provide scientific information on the status of endangered species using a network of camera traps set up in the forest. These cameras detect movement and allow us to take digital photographs of wildlife in the reserve that is then uploaded to an online database. The database, developed in collaboration with the University of Sussex, stores the information for scientific analysis and allows the public to see the latest imagery uploaded from the forest cameras using a Google maps interface.
To see the latest images you can navigate around the map and click on any cameras, you can also zoom in and out and move the map to see other cameras established throughout the reserve. To get the latest updates of wildlife observations you can register as a guest on the camera trapping website.
We welcome volunteers out to visit the reserve and help with collection of camera trap imagery and you can get more involved with the wider range of scientific projects at the reserve through the Earthwatch ‘Climate Change, Canopies and Wildlife ’ project.