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Title: BeetleCam  
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The BeetleCam is a remote controlled buggy with a DSLR camera mounted on top to film and photograph wildlife at very close range.[1] Created by Will Burrard-Lucas and his brother, Matt, its first shots were released in 2010 in a series called "The Adventures of BeetleCam."[2] It filmed African wildlife in the Ruaha and Katavi National Parks in Tanzania — creating amazing pictures and videos of elephants, African buffalo and lions. One of their cameras was destroyed in an encounter with a lion.[3]

They came back in 2011 with two improved BeetleCams, focusing on lions.[4] During this project they created a set of remarkable pictures featuring feeding lions and playful cubs. This series was first released in 2012 in an article called "BeetleCam vs the Lions of the Masai Mara".[5] BeetleCam Mark II used a Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III.[6]


  1. ^ Priya Ganapati, Wired (April 19, 2010). "Robotic Buggy Takes Stunning Photos of African Wildlife". 
  2. ^ Will Burrard-Lucas (April 19, 2010). "The Adventures of BeetleCam". 
  3. ^ National Geographic Society (April 27, 2010). "Lion Steals Roving Camera, Takes Photos". 
  4. ^ Paul Marks, New Scientist (9 March 2012). "Safari robot snaps feasting lion up close". 
  5. ^ Will Burrard-Lucas (29 Feb 2012). "BeetleCam vs the Lions of the Masai Mara". 
  6. ^ The Telegraph (1 Mar 2012). "Camouflaged camera films lions close up in Kenya's Masai Mara". The Daily Telegraph (London). 

External links

  • Beetlecam website
  • Video featuring Beetlecam 2011
  • BBC BeetleCam interview
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