Polling for Pakke — Vote for the Best Camera Trap Image

by Chandan Ri and Nandini Velho

Chosen as 'Picture of the Week'

Like in earlier years, Pakke Tiger Reserve management will be giving away three prizes to their frontline staff for the best camera trap images.

As we have been doing in the past, this year we will be giving three prizes to our frontline staff for the best camera trap images. We fondly remember Late Koro Tayem, a forest guard who was killed by an elephant who won the first ever prize for his growling camera trap photograph.

Please vote for your best photograph.


Please vote below for your favourite Pakke image (check one) from the slideshow:

  • Entry 9: A Pregnant Tigress (21%, 69 Votes)
  • Entry 1: Two Yellow-throated Martens (13%, 43 Votes)
  • Entry 2: A Melanistic Leopard (13%, 42 Votes)
  • Entry 4: 1st photographic record of Ferret Badger in Pakke (12%, 41 Votes)
  • Entry 3: A Marbled Cat (10%, 33 Votes)
  • Entry 6: An Elephant Family (8%, 27 Votes)
  • Entry 8: A Common Leopard (8%, 25 Votes)
  • Entry 7: Sambar with leaves (7%, 22 Votes)
  • Entry 5: A Tusker (5%, 15 Votes)
  • Entry 10: An Asian Black Bear Cub (4%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 330

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In the last decade of camera trapping we have made amazing progress — from borrowing cameras we now own close to a 100. Our staff lived under tarpaulins along river banks but today they live and work out of RCC anti-poaching camps while doing camera trapping. We now have the capability to do camera trapping ourselves. This annual exercise has given us insights into occurrences and behavior of various rare and elusive species found in Pakke Tiger Reserve.

The ongoing camera trapping started off with a training program and uniforms were distributed to the staff. Camera trapping is conducted in two blocks in Pakke Tiger Reserve and is done intensively for two months in each block. The frontline staff worked enthusiastically and tirelessly to set up camera traps in the higher reaches of Pakke; which was done for the first time.



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