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Rainforest selfies

Automatic cameras hidden around cassava plantations in the Juruá region of the Amazon rainforest were triggered by the movement of animals entering those areas. The camera traps were installed by Mark Abrahams and Hugo Costa, PhD students supervised by ecologist Carlos Peres, a professor at the University of East Anglia, UK, to identify which animals were destroying the crops: agoutis, pacas, and red brocket deer (bottom left) were most frequently responsible for crop raiding, confirming local reports and hunting rates. Pumas (top), birds of prey (bottom right), and many other species were also captured by the selfie stations, but were less commonly seen damaging the crops.

Images submitted by Mark Abrahams, obtained during his PhD studies at the University of East Anglia

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