Brothers Capture Amazing Lion Photographs With Remote-Controlled Camera Car

When brothers Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas decided to tackle a new approach to wildlife photography, their goal was to do so without being eaten by the lions they were photographing. So begins the journey of the BeetleCam, an armored device that allows the British photographers to get up close and personal with wildlife subjects they wouldn't dare approach on foot.

They built the contraption, which is a DSLR camera mounted on a remote-controlled car, in 2009, for a trip to two wildlife parks in Tanzania, where they captured some stunning images of elephants. Buoyed by their success, they chose lions as their second subject. Unfortunately, one of the lions snatched up the device, walked away with it and promptly destroyed it.

After some tweaking and alterations, the brothers, whose work has been displayed at the Natural History Museum in London and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., brought the revised BeetleCam to Kenya. This time, the newly armored device stood up to some rough play with a pack of lion cubs. The adult lions, however, generally ignored the camera.

"Over the course of the next few days, we were able to gain new understanding and respect for the lions we were photographing," the brothers wrote on their blog. "We were always mindful that we didn’t want to harass them or intrude on their lives. However, we came to appreciate that lions are incredibly curious cats and full of the bravado that comes from being the Masai Mara’s top predator."

See their incredible lion photographs on and TreeHugger, and check out this video about the BeetleCam.


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