Often, ideas for my wildlife comics come from the most unusual of sources, such as in this case, wildlife’s version of the ‘selfie stick’- the camera trap! Camera traps have proved invaluable in conservation. Although they were initially developed for hunting, camera traps are fast replacing traditional and often unreliable methods of wildlife monitoring. Trail cameras, which have an obvious advantage over invasive methods like capturing of animals, operate continually and silently and yield accurate data. These cameras have revealed the presence of several animals in areas where they were not known to exist, or presumed locally extinct. A splendid example of this is the recent documentation of a myriad small cat species from the forests of North-eastern India. Live and real time monitoring of bird nests has been made possible owing to this device. Although some animals like tigers that are scared of the camera flash may avoid or even destroy camera traps, alternative light sources such as infrared light have been used effectively, which are usually not detectable by birds and mammals. With growing advances in the device, and a bit of evolutionary help, I hope to see animals actually perform model shoots on one another using the camera trap. Langurs, do you hear me? 

camera trap