Two Endangered Mammals Were Photographed In The Wild For The First Time

The forests on the island of Negros in the Philippines are so dense that until now scientists were unable to photograph two of the world’s most endangered mammals living in the wild — the Visayan Warty Pig and Spotted Deer.   

In order to capture the elusive animals, a team of British scientists set up 20 “camera traps” and spent more than 4,000 hours monitoring the devices over two weeks, according to The Telegraph’s Andrew Hough.

“The traps allowed us to see animals we knew were there, but never laid eyes on during our time in the forest,” lead researcher Dr. Neil D’Cruze told us in an e-mail.  

The thickness of the jungle and the small size of the warty pig made wild sightings nearly impossible.

Setting the traps was also a challenge. D’Cruze, along with expedition leader James Sawyer and his team, trekked to elevations over 1,500m through steep and slippery terrain to carefully plant the cameras.  

There are only about 2,500 deer and a couple hundred warty pigs left in the wild, which are both threatened by hunting.

Check out wild images of the rare species below: 

Spotted Deer

Photo: D’Cruze and Sawyer

Warty pig

Photo: D’Cruze and Sawyer

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