The 12 days of Christmas (through the medium of camera-trapping)

It’s about time I shared some more of the many thousands of camera trap images  (682,566 and counting…) we’ve accumulated over the course of the last few years’ fieldwork. And given the festive timing, I thought it appropriate to hijack a traditional Christmas song for the purposes. This has just appeared on Twitter as well, and was a big hit! I predict big things for this Borneo/xmas mashup.

In a way, this song is dedicated to everyone, past and present, who has been a part of the project. I especially thank Leah Findlay, Jeremy Cusack, Faye Thompson, Matt Holmes, Robin Loveridge, Jess Haysom and Jack Thorley for their tireless mammal-chasing and inexhaustible energy (well, except when Seraya, F1 and/or Gravity is involved). Ta very much for all your blood, sweat and tears (especially when clouded leopards are involved)!

On the first day of Christmas
Team Mammal brought to me
A partridge by a durian tree

Chestnut-necklaced hill partridge by a durian tree

On the second day of Christmas
Team Mammal brought to me
2 Emerald doves
and a partridge by a durian tree

Emerald dove

On the third day of Christmas
Team Mammal brought to me
3 Bulwer’s hens
2 Emerald doves
and a partridge by a durian tree

Bulwer's pheasant

 On the fourth day of Christmas
Team Mammal brought to me
4 calling argus
3 Bulwer’s hens
2 Emerald doves
and a partridge by a durian tree

Great argus

On the fifth day of Christmas
Team Mammal brought to me
5 gooollllddddd(ish) cats!!
4 calling argus
3 Bulwer’s hens
2 Emerald doves
and a partridge by a durian tree

Bay cats galore

On the sixth day of Christmas
Team Mammal brought to me
6 orangutans-a-playing
5 gooollllddddd(ish) cats!!
4 calling argus
3 Bulwer’s hens
2 Emerald doves
and a partridge by a durian tree

Orangutan playing

On the seventh day of Christmas
Team Mammal brought to me
7 civets-a-sauntering
6 orangutans-a-playing
5 gooollllddddd(ish) cats!!
4 calling argus
3 Bulwer’s hens
2 Emerald doves
and a partridge by a durian tree

Banded civet

On the eighth day of Christmas
Team Mammal brought to me
8 muntjacs-a-milking
7 civets-a-sauntering
6 orangutans-a-playing
5 gooollllddddd(ish) cats!!
4 calling argus
3 Bulwer’s hens
2 Emerald doves
and a partridge by a durian tree

Yellow muntjac female with fawn

On the ninth day of Christmas
Team Mammal brought to me
9 sun bears dancing
8 muntjacs-a-milking
7 civets-a-sauntering
6 orangutans-a-playing
5 gooollllddddd(ish) cats!!
4 calling argus
3 Bulwer’s hens
2 Emerald doves
and a partridge by a durian tree

Dancing sun bear

On the tenth day of Christmas
Team Mammal brought to me
10 tarsiers-a-leaping
9 sun bears dancing
8 muntjacs-a-milking
7 civets-a-sauntering
6 orangutans-a-playing
5 gooollllddddd(ish) cats!!
4 calling argus
3 Bulwer’s hens
2 Emerald doves
and a partridge by a durian tree

Crouching tarsier

On the eleventh day of Christmas
Team Mammal brought to me
11 porcupines prickling
10 tarsiers-a-leaping
9 sun bears dancing
8 muntjacs-a-milking
7 civets-a-sauntering
6 orangutans-a-playing
5 gooollllddddd(ish) cats!!
4 calling argus
3 Bulwer’s hens
2 Emerald doves
and a partridge by a durian tree

Malay porcupine

On the twelfth day of Christmas
Team Mammal brought to me
12 scientists drinking
11 porcupines prickling
10 tarsiers-a-leaping
9 sun bears dancing
8 muntjacs-a-milking
7 civets-a-sauntering
6 orangutans-a-playing
5 gooollllddddd(ish) cats!!
4 calling argus
3 Bulwer’s hens
2 Emerald doves
and a partridge by a durian tree

Sweet nectar

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