Not even animals in the middle of the African wilderness can avoid taking a selfie once in a while.
A newly-released set of photos from the Snapshot Serengeti project, taken with remotely-activated cameras, has captured these wild animals in their most candid moments.
The stunning pictures are the result of 225 automated cameras deployed over a 434-square-mile area of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The project, head by Alexandra Swanson, is the largest camera survey ever conducted in a single site, collecting over 1.2 million sets of images since the cameras were set up between 2010 and 2013.
Camera traps, which use motion-detection technology to trigger a shot, often give a more revealing view of an animal’s behavior, since wildlife is usually unaware of the camera’s presence unlike they might be with a human photographer. However, in this case many of the animals did notice the cameras and appeared curious about the devices, often venturing to within inches of the lens to snap an inadvertent self-portrait.
All in all, the cameras captured over 40 types of species, more than the scientists conducting the survey could classify alone. For help, they turned to Internet crowdsourcing, where 28,000 citizens organized and uploaded the pictures into a searchable database.
For some of the wildest shots captured from Snapshot Serengeti, take a look at the slideshow.
All photos via Snapshot Serengeti
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