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Termites Infested this Photographer’s Jungle Camera Trap DSLR

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Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer of Rainforest Expeditions recently set up a special DSLR camera trap in the Amazon jungle in southeastern Peru. His goal was to capture some photos of rare jungle animals, but he got a lot more than he bargained for: a termite infestation in his camera.

For his camera trap, Cremer built a custom rig that included a Canon 7D, a TrailMaster infrared trigger, and two Nikon SB-28 flash units.

Camera Trap Tambopata

Camera Trap Tambopata

When he returned to check up on the camera a month later, Cremer was shocked to find that termites had decided to build a nest in and around the DSLR, destroying it in the process.

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“They even started eating the memory card that was inside the camera,” Cremer says.

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“In the Amazon, every single niche is exploited, including Canon camera bodies,” says entomologist Aaron Pomerantz. “Maybe because Jeff weatherproofed it so well the termites found it to be a suitable fortress to colonize.”

Fortunately for Cremer, the data on his memory card actually survived intact, and on that card were amazing photos of a number of rare animals:

A puma
Puma

Puma 3

Ocelot
Ocelot

Margay small

Peccary
Peccary
Tapir
Tapir
Giant Armadillo
Giant Armadillo
Spix's guan.
Spix’s guan.

Here’s a 13-minute video in which Cremer shares a behind-the-scenes look at how this camera trap was made and used:

You can find more of Cremer’s work on his website and Twitter.

(via Jeff Cremer via Gizmodo)


Image credits: Photographs and video by Jeff Cremer and Cat Horn and used with permission

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