First glimpse of rare Peruvian animals revealed in extraordinary camera trap footage

Published on: 22 June 2015

This remarkable new camera trap video has revealed some of the first ever footage of a critically endangered bird, the Sira Currasow (below), and has confirmed the presence of the vulnerable spectacled bear (above), on which the children’s character Paddington Bear is based.

This extraordinary footage was captured in the Sira Communal Reserve of Peru.

Biologists including Dr Chris Beirne from the University of Exeter and Andy Whitworth from the Crees Foundation and the University of Glasgow, along with scientists from Peru, captured the footage during an expedition to survey and document animal life in a remote, high altitude forest in the Cerros del Sira, a rugged mountain range close to the Andes in Huánuco, central Peru.

Still hidden cameras also captured 30 species of mammals including jaguar, giant anteater, Brazilian tapir and puma, shown in the gallery below.

For more information on the expedition please see our news story: First glimpse of rare Peruvian animals revealed in extraordinary camera trap footage.


The expedition was supported by The Neville Schulman Challenge Award from The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), IdeaWild and CrowdFunder. HandyKam provided discounts on camera equipment.

Related links

» Dr Chris Beirne

» Exploration Sira
» Exploration Sira blog

 

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