Over the past two years, the video camera trap program at Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorean Amazon has managed to capture amazing footage of animals rarely seen by humans. These cameras were primarily arranged around salt licks, where mammals, birds, and even reptiles gather to attain essential minerals.

Animal Symphony from Diego Mosquera on Vimeo.

Animal Symphony from Diego Mosquera on Vimeo.

These rare videos of jaguars walking through the forest and sloths ground feeding from clay are testaments to the biodiversity of Yasuni National Park. The park contains a staggering number species, possibly the most tree and insect species anywhere on the planet.

Unfortunately, portions of the park are threatened by oil drilling and other harmful human activities. The establishment of roads and infrastructure in the area has put the unique biodiversity of the national park at risk.

Diego Masquera, head of the camera trap program and manager of Tiputini Biodiversity Station, hopes that the video camera trap program may assist in protecting the park from human impact.  “These days many people have lost connection with nature and these images and videos can bring them closer to the magnificent creatures we share our planet with, waking up their curiosity, encouraging them to see wildlife ‘live’ and more importantly, encouraging them to protecting it.”

Species in order of appearance:

  • Mealy parrots and Blue-headed parrots
  • Capybaras and Giant Cowbird
  • White-lipped peccaries
  • Jaguar
  • White-bellied spider monkeys
  • Giant armadillo
  • Red brocket deer
  • Red howler monkeys
  • Collared peccary
  • Salvin’s currassow
  • Ocelot
  • Tapir
  • Black agouti
  • Grey-winged trumpeter
  • Lowland Paca
  • Giant anteater
  • Puma
  • Bicolored porcupine
  • Common piping guan
  • Two-toed sloth
  • Crab-eating raccoon