Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network (TEAM) Captured More Than 50,000 Images of Mammals In Remote Forests

By on Aug 17, 2011 in Animals, Science Comments
Jaguar at Central Suriname Nature Reserve
Credit: Conservation International Suriname/TEAM/AP

Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network (TEAM) at Conservational International led by Dr. Jorge Ahumada was able to capture more than 50,000 images of 105 species in some of the world’s most remote forests, several international news sites reported on August 16, 2011.

According to reports, the study used 420 hidden motion-sensor cameras strategically placed at protected forest regions in Tanzania, Uganda, Suriname, Costa Rica, Laos, Indonesia and Brazil, with 60 cameras on each site. The cameras were left for a period of 1 month in each location.

The photos were reportedly taken between 2008 and 2010, and revealed species ranging from three-ton elephants to a 26-gram Linnaeu’s mouse opposum.

The collected pictures were grouped by species, body size, diet and other factors. Based on the study, the team concluded that “smaller protected areas lead to less species diversity among mammals, with some more at risk than others.”

“Protected areas matter. The bigger the forest (mammals) live in, the higher the number and diversity of species, body sizes and diet types. Some mammals seem more vulnerable to habitat loss than others: insect-eating mammals — like anteaters, armadillos and some primates, are the first to disappear — while other groups, like herbivores, seem to be less sensitive. The results of the study are important in that they confirm what we suspected: habitat destruction is slowly but surely killing our planet’s mammal diversity,” Dr. Ahumada was quoted as saying by CNN.

Below are some of the images captured during the study:

Giant Anteater
Giant Anteater
Credit: Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia / TEAM / AP

Credit: Trento Museum of Science / TEAM / AP

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