225 cameras

Camera surveys (yellow dot = camera) in Serengeti, Tanzania (left) and Phinda/Mkhuze, South Africa (right).

Camera surveys (yellow dot = camera) in Serengeti, Tanzania (left) and Phinda/Mkhuze, South Africa (right).

 

This picture (that I pinched from the Snapshot Serengeti blog) shows the distribution of the camera traps used by the scientists responsible for the Snapshot Serengeti project to capture the amazing images of wild animals in the Serengeti National Park. There are 225 cameras in total, and as you can see, they are laid out in a very regimented fashion. Maintenance on the cameras is done by the scientists as they are out performing daily monitoring of the lion prides. If they are lucky, an individual camera will last 2 months before needing maintenance, however this is not always the case! Sometimes the cameras are destroyed by one of the 40+ species they are there to monitor, or by adverse weather. Read more about Snapshot Serengeti operations here.

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