Wildlife camera trapping was began in Chiquibul after more than 7 years of an absence of this type of research. But with the activation of a Forest Department project, subsidized under the Key Biodiversity Area, cameras were reincorporated once more. Later this year through a partnership with Panthera, the work has been sustained in the Chiquibul and in the Vaca Forest Reserve.
Collecting data on big mammals and their prey is an essential element to evaluating the state of wildlife species in the Chiquibul. The most recent Chiquibul National Park Management Plan, under review, has identified jaguar, tapir and peccaries as conservation targets. Thus, the camera traps is an adequate method to conduct the required research.
In the past there was a high risk of losing the cameras due to theft and destruction of these by poachers. But with the containment of the human footprint by an increased patrol system undertaken by Park Rangers, there is a lessened probability of these losses.