Archive | August 2013

Get your dead camera, right here!

Remember all the photographs like these?

Hyena tooth...

Hyena tooth…


Elephant trunk…

Well, those cameras didn’t survive…

Own this!

Own this!

And have been up on Indiegogo as one of our “high-end” perks. Well, as we’re down to the wire with 4 days left to raise nearly $15,000, we’re offering dead cameras for a $288 donation.  So please tell anyone you think might want some hyena-munched plastic gracing their curio cabinet. It’s pretty cool, and comes with a classic “last picture this camera ever took” photo.

(Don’t worry, if you’ve donated already but really really really want this camera, you can add to your existing donation. And of course, if you’ve already donated more, you’ll get a camera sent straight to your doorstep as well.)

Thank you once again for your dedication to Snapshot Serengeti – for your hard work in classifying photos and for all of your support since we launched the fundraising campaign. We’ve raised enough to get us through almost to November — which is huge. Not only do all of us on the Snapshot team really love what we’re doing (though ask me again next time I’m digging myself out of an aardvark hole), but we also really believe that the scientific knowledge you’re helping us produce with this project is incredibly important – both for general ecology and for ultimately better conserving the Serengeti.  So, thank you. And fingers crossed that we’ll be able to keep on bringing the Serengeti to you for months and years to come.

Tune in!

Hi everyone! Just wanted to let you know that Minnesota Public Radio will be doing a short follow-up piece to their December 2012 story tomorrow at 9:50am Central Time.  You can listen to MPR live here or tune into the site later — we’ll put up a link once it’s posted.

Also! Check out Margaret’s guest post on the Scifund Challenge blog. The Scifund Challenge is a group of dynamic and dedicated scientists trying to bring science to you through outreach, citizen science, and crowdfunding projects.

Finally, Margaret and I will be at the Ecological Society of America conference all week – so if you’re here too, please come say hi!

Happy Monday 🙂

“Fancy Photographs” perk unveiled at Save Snapshot Serengeti

How would you like to hang this on your wall?

You might recall this stunning photograph from National Geographic’s latest feature story on the Serengeti Lions capturing the dramatic and devastating fight between C-boy and three of the Killers. It’s now one of 4 options for our ‘Fancy Photograph’ perk on our Save Snapshot Serengeti campaign.


C-boy being evicted by the killers.

The National Geographic article chronicles the story of C-boy and his coalition partner Hildur, who were evicted from the Jua Kali pride in 2009 by a ruthless group of four males called the Killers.  Ingela Jansson took this photo on what was supposed to be a routine day of lion tracking. I was a new graduate student out in Serengeti for the first time, and in the car with Ingela when this happened.  It was at that moment that I realized that endless hours of napping that lions did belied a soap opera life that was both dramatic and deadly.

Being a male lion is tough; males live significantly shorter lives than females, and it’s clear why from this picture. But don’t worry, for those of you out there who want a slightly less violent view of nature, Daniel Rosengren, our resident lion-tracker and world-class photographer, has generously donated the following three prints to choose from as well:

Lioness stretching. Those claws are sharp!

Lioness stretching. Those claws are sharp!

Hildur, C-boys coalition partner.

Hildur, C-boys coalition partner.

Cubs up in a tree.

Cubs up in a tree. Who said lions don’t climb?

Please share this news (and the campaign!) with any of your lion-loving friends who might want to hang a piece of Serengeti history on their wall. Thank you all, again, for your dedication and support for Snapshot Serengeti. We on the Snapshot team love doing what we do, and with every picture our camera traps take, we move one small step closer to understanding what makes the Serengeti – and all the animals within it – keep on thriving as one of the world’s most dynamic and iconic ecosystems.

In search of

Hi everyone! We recently discovered that National Geographic, who has just published the big lion feature, might be interested in publishing this Snapshot Serengeti photo:

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Which would help raise money for the project.  Does anyone have it collected on Snapshot Serengeti? We’re trying to track down the url and send NG the full-res version. If so, please let us know!! Thank you!

Photos of the year

Thank you so much to everyone who sent in their favorite photos. We’ve submitted the following 12 to BBC’s photo-of-the-year contest. Of course, there were many, many more we wish we could have used!



and one of my new personal favorites:


In other news, we are *almost* at halfway to our Indiegogo fundraising goal!!!! Thank you all for your support so far! And please don’t forget to check out the meme generator at! You can now make a meme directly from the talk pages!