|Chest-Thumping Cross River gorilla, caught by hidden camera trap.|
Now that cameras have gone digital, one of the greatest boons has been for wildlife camera traps. Like a hidden camera, these "traps" can unobtrusively photograph or video whichever the creatures happen to walk by. Last year, Jeremy Hance reported for the Guardian about the impact these cameras were having on conservation efforts.
In May, the video camera trap scored one of its greatest victories. Placed in Cameroon's Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, the trap picked up eight Cross River gorillas making their way along a forest path. The sanctuary was established in 2008 for the sole purpose of protecting these gorillas, among our closest living relatives, rarely seen by humans and never videotaped, until now. There are only about 250 Cross River gorillas left due to habitat loss and hunting for bushmeat. The footage was captured by the Wildlife Conservation Society and gives us a rare glimpse of a hidden world. Kudos to them for this spectacular footage.
You can read more about conservation efforts for the Cross River Gorilla here.
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