Armoring the Camtrakker camera-trap in a tropical Asian forest Academic Article uri icon


  • Camera-trapping is an increasingly popular technique for surveying wildlife in the tropics. However, camera-trap damage caused by elephants (Elephas spp.) poses significant financial and data losses. We describe the construction and use of an armored shell for the Camtrakker camera-trap (CamTrak South, Watkinsville, Ga.). The addition of armoring doubled the weight of the unit but eliminated damage by elephants. We recommend armoring for camera-traps in regions containing elephants or other large carnivores, and where human theft may occur.

published proceedings

  • Wildlife Society Bulletin

author list (cited authors)

  • Grassman, L. I., Tewes, M. E., & Silvy, N. J.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Grassman, Lon I||Tewes, Michael E||Silvy, Nova J

publication date

  • April 2005