Candid Creatures: How Camera Traps Reveal the Mysteries of Nature

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Photographs from our camera traps now feature in an exciting, new book, which explores the world of camera trapping. This book is a riveting collection of images that captures wild animals in their natural habitats.


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In Candid Creatures: How Camera Traps Reveal the Mysteries of Nature, the first major book to reveal the secret lives of animals through motion-sensitive game cameras, biologist Roland Kays has assembled over 600 remarkable photographs. Drawing from archives of millions of colour and night-vision photographs collected by hundreds of researchers. Kays has selected images that show the unique perspectives of wildlife from around the world. Using these photos, he tells the stories of scientific discoveries that camera traps have enabled, such as living proof of species previously thought to be extinct and details of predator-prey interactions.


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Each image captures a moment frozen in the camera’s flash as animals travel through their wild habitats. Kays also discusses how scientists use camera traps to address conservation issues, creating solutions that allow humans and wild animals to coexist. More than just a collection of amazing animal pictures, the book’s text, maps, and illustrations work together to describe the latest findings in the fast-moving field of conservation technology in wildlife research.


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Candid Creatures is a testament to how the explosion of game cameras around the world has revolutionized the study of animal ecology. The powerful combination of pictures and stories of discovery will fascinate anyone interested in science, nature, wildlife biology and photography.

Watch a video of Kays discussing the book and buy your own copy here.