Commend Development of Crittercam to Safely Observe Animals


Target: National Geographic Magazine

Goal: Thank National Geographic for development of Crittercam, an unobtrusive way to discover the world of animals

National Geographic Magazine should be hailed as a pioneer in animal conservation. With the invention of the Crittercam scientists can observe previously unknown animal behavior and collect crucial environmental data without the interference of a human observer. National Geographic has made many of their Crittercams “live” so people can watch wild animals at home, therefore gaining a unique perspective and developing respect for these animals. The Crittercam is an incredibly useful and unobtrusive invention.

The Crittercam was invented in 1986 by Marine Biologist and National Geographic employee Greg Marshall. The small camera attaches to the animal with a harness, suction cup or safe adhesive. It stays with the animal, filming its life, and then is retrieved for research. The original purpose of the Crittercam was to have the opportunity to observe animal behavior without disturbing the animal. This idea has grown tenfold and created numerous discoveries and positive interactions: studying habits of critically endangered species to better help them thrive, discovering species habitats previously unknown and understanding predator-prey interactions.

It is important for us, as humans, to understand and coexist peacefully with the creatures on our planet. It is crucial that we gain information about the animal kingdom through methods that do no harm to animals so we can better serve them and their environment. The crittercam provides research, understanding and compassion for conservation. Let National Geographic know you exalt and respect this invention and its ethical use of it.


Dear National Geographic Magazine,

We, as humans, should be expected to help other species in need, without interference. There are many places on this Earth that humans cannot go. To study these places would be very beneficial to animals and the world at large. The Crittercam, invented in 1986, has been an amazing tool, used to gain unique perspectives of the animal kingdom.

Because of the Crittercam, scientists can understand how some predators, such as the tiger shark, influence their communities. The mysterious humpback whale’s “bubble net” feeding method was able to be observed up close and personal, without the disruption of a human observer. The utilization of the WildCam brought wild animals, such as the African lion, into the hearts of people observing from home. All of this is done with no harm to the animal, and the only human intrusion was to attach the camera.

Your dedication to the conservation and understanding of Earth’s many ecosystems has been, and will be, very positive. I thank you, National Geographic, and your many explorers, for your invention and utilization of the Crittercam. It is a pioneer effort in saving the animals and ecosystems of Earth.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Time Out Chicago Kids website

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