Close-Up Photos of Wild Lions Captured with an Armored “BeetleCam”

UK-based wildlife photographers Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas got the Internet’s attention a couple years ago with the BeetleCam, a special remote controlled DSLR that allowed them to capture close-up photos of animals in the wild that photographers would have difficultly strolling up to. After the success of that experiment, they decided to return to Africa last summer with upgraded (and armored) versions of the BeetleCam in order to photograph lions in Kenya.

We had with us two BeetleCams. The first was an armoured version of the original BeetleCam, equipped with a Canon 550D. The second was a more advanced model, boasting a live video feed, HD movie recording and a Canon 1Ds MK III. We imaginatively named the more advanced buggy “BeetleCam Mark II”.

You can find more photos and read more about their experience — including a close call with a lion — over on their blog or the BeetleCam project page.

Image credits: Photographs by Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas and used with permission

  • jdm8

    They look similar to some of the bots used to record polar bears on a Discovery special.

  • jdm8

    They look similar to some of the bots used to record polar bears on a Discovery special.

  • Daniel

    That yawn photo is freakin awesome

  • Will Burrard-Lucas

    Thanks Michael!
    FYI, if anyone is finding my website unresponsive at the moment, I have mirrored some of the photos on BeetleCam’s facebook page:

  • Andrew Bowness

    I think the BBC have used something similar with elephants as well (if memory serves those bots were tough and got kicked around a bit), both shows were probably from a BBC/Discovery collaboration.

  • Tran-Shawn Yu

    Those are some AWESOME shots!! I think it totally helps that the lions have no idea what the device is so their curiosity makes them stare right at the camera!

  • Ndt

    Fantastic work guys. How anyone would want to kill these amazing creatures for money or trophy is beyond me. Anything that makes human beings appreciate them is amazing and worthy of support