Several camera trap photos recently received awards.

Top winner of the third annual BBC Wildlife Magazine Camera Trap Photo of the Year contest was this shot of a young leopard in China.

Young male leopard (Panthera pardus) in China’s Shuishui River Reserve. (Photo: Zhou Zhefeng)

Second place went to this photo of a horned guan, the object of a birder expedition I filmed in Chiapas, Mexico in the mid 1970s for NBC. The only one we found was in the zoo in Tuxla Guitterez. Would have loved to see one in the wild.

A horned guan (Oreophasis derbianus) in Guatemala. Not a guan at all, this bird is the last survivor of a family of birds. It’s listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List. (Photo: Javier Rivas)

This shot of a little known Bolivian cat species called an oncilla is another winner.

Photograph taken by Wildlife Conservation Society scientists of a Bolivian cat species called an oncilla. (Photo: Guido Ayala, Maria Viscarra, and Robert Wallace/WCS)

Photograph taken by Wildlife Conservation Society scientists of a Bolivian oncilla. (Photo: Guido Ayala, Maria Viscarra, and Robert Wallace/WCS)

The Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus) occurs across the Amazon and along the tropical Andes. About the size of a house cat, they are the smallest cat species of South America’s lowlands. Very little is known about their life history.

The photo was taken last July during camera trap surveys of jaguars and other wildlife living in Madidi–considered to be among the most biodiverse protected areas on the planet.


Sources: ScienceDaily and Mongabay.com.

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