For the three-part PBS Nature miniseries, Animals With Cameras, custom, state-of-the-art cameras are worn by the animals themselves, capturing never-before-seen behavior. Built by camera design expert Chris Watts to fit on the animals unobtrusively and to be easily removed at a later point, these cameras allow viewers to experience the secret lives of nine different animal species from this unique vantage point.
Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan and a team of animal behaviorists joined forces to explore stories of animal lives “told” by the animals themselves. “The chance to capture elusive moments, like a penguin’s underwater hunting habits or a meerkat family’s sleeping rituals in their underground burrow, was an extraordinary experience I never thought I would be privy to,” Buchanan says. (The cameras allowed for newborn meerkats to be shown in their burrow for the first time ever, as meerkat pups don’t emerge from the burrow until they reach three weeks of age.)
“Thanks to the special cameras, we were able to answer some tough questions that scientists have always wondered about: Why do devil rays migrate every summer? What personality of dog is most effective in protecting a herd of sheep from wolves? Why is there an overpopulation of brown bears in Turkey, when they are endangered elsewhere?”
“Never before have we seen such high-quality footage directly from the animal’s point of view,” adds Nature executive producer Fred Kaufman. “This miniseries greatly expands our comprehension of animal behavior and this camera technology opens up new possibilities for discovering so much more.”
Animals With Cameras premieres January 31.