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snow leopard caught by camera trap

New photo evidence of snow leopards in northeast India

For perhaps the first time ever, a snow leopard was captured by a camera trap in a remote forest in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh remains largely unexplored, making this photographic evidence of snow leopards especially significant. 

  • A photographer hikes to 11,000 feet in search of the tigers of Bhutan

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2017
    In March, French photographer Emmanuel Rondeau ventured into the dense mountain forests of Bhutan.
    bhutan tiger caught winter2017
  • Amazing image of wild tiger in Bhutan

    July 28, 2017

    Filmmaker and photojournalist Emmanuel Rondeau spent four weeks in the wildlife corridors of Bhutan with a camera trap poised to capture the elusive tiger. After weeks of waiting, a tiger appeared on the final day of the expedition. The result? The first high-resolution camera trap image of a wild tiger in Bhutan captured above 11,000 feet.

    A tiger walking in Bhutan.
  • Bringing back the Iberian lynx

    The Iberian lynx is the world's most endangered cat. In 2002, there were fewer than 100 left in the wild. WWF and its partners are working to restore the Iberian lynx to areas where it used to live. And where it could still flourish today - with a little help.

    Two young Iberian Lynx.
  • How Camera Traps Help Panda Conservation

    August 25, 2016

    Camera traps in China have captured images and video footage of giant pandas that are often difficult to see in the wild. The photographs and video are some of the most amazing images ever of pandas and other species in their remote habitat, which were caught on film as part of long-term wildlife monitoring projects set up in panda nature reserves by the Chinese government and WWF.

    Panda photographed by a camera trap
  • Photographing the most elusive animals of Namibia

    February 11, 2016

    Researcher Lise Hansen and photographer Will Burrard-Lucas worked together to document the great diversity of wildlife present in this part of Namibia—even the shy and rarely seen animals. 

    Will Burrard-Lucas Camera Traps Elephants
  • Photographing Africa's most elusive animals

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2016
    In a landscape largely undocumented by science, a researcher and a photographer team up to illuminate more than the night
    Male Lion in camera trap
  • Can dairy cows in Maryland help protect rhinos in East Africa?

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2016
    In other words: Can livestock in the United States help us test thermal camera technology slated to protect rhinos in East Africa?
    Thermal video camera
  • An Amazing 103 Wild Tigers Counted in Bhutan

    July 29, 2015

    Bhutan is home to an amazing 103 wild tigers—an increase from a previous estimate of 75 that was not based on actual field surveys—according to the country’s first-ever tiger survey released on Global Tiger Day Conducted entirely by Bhutanese scientists, the survey spanned habitats ranging from snowy, cold mountains in the north—where both tigers and snow leopards roam wild—down to dense, subtropical forests in the south.

    Bengal tiger male walking beside lake in India
  • Success Seen for Tigers in Transboundary Landscape

    September 24, 2014

    Tiger conservation efforts are paying off at the landscape level, even where national borders are present across tiger habitats. This good news comes from a report shared by the governments of India and Nepal together with WWF.

    camera trap image of tiger in Terai Arc landscape
  • Saola Rediscovered: Rare Photos of Elusive Species from Vietnam

    November 12, 2013

    The saola—one of the rarest and most threatened mammals on the planet—was photographed in Vietnam for the first time in 15 years by a camera trap set by WWF and the Vietnamese government’s Forest Protection Department.

    female saola
  • Optical Awareness

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2013
    Display demonstrating how a camera trap works
  • A Peek at Pandas in Their Remote Mountain Habitat

    Camera trap images from China show giant pandas in their remote mountain habitat as well as several other fascinating species that share the iconic bear’s mountainous home.

    Panda photographed by a camera trap