Camera traps have helped conservation scientists catch glimpses of animals' everyday lives -- like those of endangered Amur and snow leopards in the mountains of Central Asia -- and they've provided a wealth of entertainment as well as information, especially for some of the animals who figure out what the funny lenses are for. Now, camera traps placed near a saltlick in Ecuador's Yasuni National Park have captured several rarely seen Amazon species in their natural habitat.
"The Amazon rainforest is the greatest expression of life on Earth and Yasuni, in particular, has a tremendous global conservation significance," Diego Masquera, head of the camera trap program, told Mongabay. "I was surprised about the wide diversity of animals on salt licks... Many species, including mammals, birds and even reptiles go to salt licks for different reasons, but being able to record a sloth on the ground feeding from clay is priceless!"