Welcome to our library of outstanding photographs taken with Trailmaster products. just Click on the image to view it full size. Photos appear either under geographic location or by sender.
Eurasian Otter submitted by Jakob Smole from The Institute Lutra, Slovenia, Europe using the Trailmaster TM550 and the TM15-1 camera kit.
De Wildt - South Africa
These photographs were taken using a TrailMaster TM1550 by Kelly Wilson a Research Officer at the DeWildt Wild Cheetah Project, South Africa.
Brazil Pantanal 2001-2002
By Mogens Trolle
Amazon of Peru
By Mogens Trolle
Anjali Watson & Andrew Kittle
The Leopard Project
The Wilderness & Wildlife Conservation Trust Sri Lanka
|Female Resident Leopard - Dunumadalawa watershed forest, Hantana area, Kandy Sri Lanka.
This is a resident female who together with her year old offspring inhabits a forest area on the edge of the hill capital of Kandy. This camera trap image is probably one of the very first photographs of a leopard in this area. Our work is involved in studying leopard population and distribution within the island of Sri Lanka.
I have attached a picture of the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker - RCW (Picoides borealis) after it landed on its cavity tree. We have the trap set up in Texas. Our configuration of placing the monitor/receiver/camera on the same tree appears to work with good success. "
Kevin T. Mundorff
Click to enlarge the photo so you can view the mounting of the monitor.
Republic of Georgia
"I write as Conservation Program Coordinator of NACRES (Noah’s Ark Center for the Recovery of Endangered Species), a Georgian (former soviet republic) conservation NGO. We purchased 5 TM units in 1999 and I must say that we are extremely happy with the performance of your product. Since 2000 we have been using TM’s for almost all of our research and conservation projects throughout Georgia. The Leopard (Panthera pardus) was long thought to be extinct in Georgia. We had been getting more or less credible reports on leopard sighting from the Great Caucasus mountains every now and then. Nevertheless it was probably just us who believed that this species could still remain in Georgia. The photos were the first solid evidence of leopard presence in the country for more than 50 years. Thus we also had the first photos of a wild Caucasus leopard."
Bruce and Carolyn Miller. "We have been working with the four TM units and testing various applications and are quite pleased with the results. . . We have good photos of a puma, ocelot and Great Curassow (a turkey-sized bird) and have several other rolls still to be processed. The units are indeed very weather proof after being in the field for a month or so and getting covered with dirt splatterings from incessant rains. . . We are gearing up to go into the field for a prolonged stay of several months. We have just received word that 266,000 acres of rain forest have now been declared a National Park and are now protected as a result of our past efforts." --Bruce W. Miller, WCI, Gallon Jug, Belize
Jim Rathbun, an avid hunter and outdoorsman used a TM500 to photograph many animals in the area he hunts. "I've used your TM500 and the TM 35 Camera Kit all summer and have just had a great time with them. Enclosed are some of my better shots. It is like hunter during off season." He was especially excited about the coyote photo because they are rarely seen in the Virginia woods where Jim hunts.
Sumatran Tiger and Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) photos taken by Ron Tilson, Sumatran Tiger Project, Minnesota Zoo.
"I think the TrailMaster Active Infrared System will revolutionize knowledge of tropical conservation biology. I've seen more species in two years than I've seen in fifteen previous years in the field, especially for rare and reclusive animals like the Sumatran rhino. This is the first modern picture of a wild rhino in southern Sumatra, quite a feat considering there may only be a few hundred rhinos left in all the forests of Sumatra." Ron Tilson, Sumatran Tiger Project
Grant Woods took these photos while working on a biology degree in Southeast Missouri. He went on to earn a Doctorate from the University of Georgia specializing in deer biology. Today he owns his own consulting company, helping people improve the quality of their deer herds.
Becky Pierce took these photos with TrailMaster while studying cougars for the California Department of Fish & Game.
Kae is a Research Biologist working with the UF-Malaysia Tiger Project in Malaysia. Kae has been good enough to provide us with some photographs from her research. The following are quotes from some of her communications with us.
"I really appreciate your immediate response, which I think is one of the strength of your company over others that make similar game monitors. I know, because I have dealt with them in the past.
I finally started putting out cameras in the forest in April. Last month we got a tiger as well as leopards, golden cats, leopard cats, wild boar, etc. I am happy with the performance of your products."
The bear, is from Risnjak National Park, Gorski Kotar region, Croatia (26. 07. 2002.). The second one, a wolf, is from Sopac hill, Gorski Kotar region, Croatia (02. 10. 2002.) The authors of photographs, dr. Goran Guzvica and Tomislav Gomercic, are participants on the scientific project "Investigations of fossil and recent large carnivores in Croatia" under the leadership of prof. dr. Djuro Huber from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia. We started to use Trailmaster products on the Green Bridge at Dedin near Delnice on Zagreb - Rijeka highway for monitoring of wildlife crossing. During 2002 we started with foto traps for foto-identification of large carnivores on investigated areas. In period of 12 months (with short breaks) we recorded eleven different bears, two wolves, five foxes, two badgers, and some other animals like deer, marten, squirrel and some birds.
Matthew Linkie is a wildlife researcher from Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology Department of Anthropology University of Kent Canterbury. Matt is doing field research investigating the impact of deforestation on the tiger and its prey species in Kerinci Seblat National Park, West Sumatra.
Matt chose TrailMaster products because in his own words "It is pretty much well known amongst tiger researchers that the quality of TrailMaster photos is far superior to those of X and also the options available with the sensor unit are far superior." (TrailMaster removed the competitors name from the quote.) Matt was kind enough to send us photographs taken with his TrailMaster system.
Hasan Orek is a dedicated wildlife biologist working in some very difficult conditions.
Hasan Orek and Dr Ali Cemal Gucu provided the following account of their work.
"The Mediterranean Monk Seal is one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world. Total world population is about 300 individuals inhabiting Mediterranean Sea and north-western coast of Africa. Due to human disturbance Mediterranean Monk Seals abandoned their original habitats and today they only use hidden caves with underwater entrances to rest, mate, give birth to their pups and to nurse them. We at the Middle East Technical University, Institute of Marine Sciences, Monk Seal Research Team, are working on these animals for five years in North-eastern Mediterranean Sea, namely Cilician Basin. The main goal of the team is to assess population size and distribution of this species and for this task we decided to apply visual census technique, photo identification. But the problem in this approach was how to get close enough to the animals to count them and to take good quality photographs without disturbing them.
We learned that TrailMaster produces reasonably priced infrared monitors which can be hooked to a camera. We purchased a set of TM 1500 active infrared monitors. We installed one set to one of the caves for testing the instrument. Installation of the system was done under really unfavorable conditions, the caves are very narrow and it is not easy to find a suitable substrate to fix the monitor and camera. First we prepared a base to attach monitors and camera using wood and cement.
During the first days of trial, the cave was exposed to high waves due to a terrible storm. The cave was totally washed out and unfortunately the receiver was damaged. Upon request, TrailMaster repaired the damaged circuit and donated another set of equipment to the project. In our second trial we made extra sealing to the monitor and re-install to the same cave. After a week, when we check the cave again we saw 54 event on the display and 34 photos had been taken. Immediately we sent the slides to development. When we got the results after an exciting week, we saw Meryem (one of our female seals) on the slides lying on the platform of the cave.
Now we are using four TM 1500 active infrared monitors in four seal caves which are used by seals very frequently and collecting data about the behaviour of this hitherto unknown species without giving any disturbance to them."
Ron McAdow, is a long time user of TrailMaster products and has captured some wonderful photographs in his work with Friends of Oxbow in Eastern Massachusetts. In these photographs Ron gets a little help with his TrailMaster from a fisher. You can see more of Ron's work at www.wtep.org
C Morris USFS MD
Tiger photograph taken in India by Ullas Karanth (WCS). Ullas has been using TrailMaster equipment since 1992. "As you know I have been promoting your fine product strongly among other field biologists. You will be pleased to know that a forthcoming BBC/National Geographic film on tigers which covered my project recently will feature TrailMaster and its use in tiger censusing quite prominently." --Ullas Karanth. Ullas has been a leading force in tiger conservation for many years. We added the Multi-Camera Trigger in response to a special need Ullas had to be able to operate two cameras with one TrailMaster monitor.
Ocelot (Felis pardalis)
The picture of the Ocelot (Felis pardalis) was taken by Leonardo Maffei. He works for the Wildlife Conservation Society. The picture was taken at the Kaa Iya National Park, Santa Cruz, Bolivia during a census project using TrailMaster cameras to use spot patterns to identify individual Ocelot.
Photos taken by Bill Van Pelt, AZ Game & Fish.
"I am a Wildlife Specialist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and currently assigned to the Nongame Mammals Program which includes working with endangered species. One of my duties consists of trying to verify the existence of sensitive mammals within Arizona. The TrailMaster model TM1500 is one of the tools in my arsenal. The lightweight system is quite inexpensive and easy to use when compared to the person-hours saved in monitoring an area. Set properly this system is quite effective at monitoring a wide range of wildlife species." --Bill Van Pelt
Bear photo by Doug Perkins with TrailMaster. "Six rolls of film!! The system performed just as you said it would. I had a bear perform for the camera for two days and two nights... If I had not had the TrailMaster I would not have taken the #250 that fell the last night of my hunt. The outfitter was definitely impressed, he invited in others to see how the system worked." --Doug Perkins
This photo was taken in 1990 in one of the "animal traffic" underpasses built along Alligator Alley in Florida. TrailMaster monitors and cameras are used for photo verification that the underpasses are being used by various species.
Elephant photo(1990) taken in Nguti, Cameroon, West Africa by James Powell, Wildlife Conservation International. "We set up the camera near a mineral lick in the rainforest where forest elephants frequently pass by. When I checked the camera a week later we had five 'hits'. I just received the developed exposures to find some excellent photographs of forest elephants. You might be interested to know that unlike their savannah brothers, forest elephants have rarely been photographed or seen in the wild. They are smaller and have very different habits than the savannah variety. They also remain very well hidden... Needless to say I am quite pleased with the results." --James Powell, WCI.
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