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Camera technology is revolutionizing the study of animals. With more eyes in the wild than ever, we can finally bear direct witness to many of nature’s longest kept secrets. For scientists, this is an incredible development. Much like the invention of the microscope for microbiologists, suddenly, we have a whole new way to see. The bounty of new imagery is also a profound new opportunity to bond with wild animals emotionally.      
In Spying on Animals, remote cameras in an Indian jungle catch rare images of tigers, helping scientists count an entire population and even track each endangered tiger’s movements through their habitat. In the remote Arctic, drones quietly follow a hard-to-study bowhead whale population and answer a 170-year-old mystery about their behaviour. 

Innovative cameras film bowhead whales, giant armadillos and woodland caribou to reveal new insghts
Today's camera technology allows scientists to solve many of the natural world's remaining mysteries
Hidden cameras reveal the funnier side of animal behaviour

Sometimes, the animals take the pictures themselves! Ultra-light, collar-cameras worn by woodland caribou provide POVs we’ve never seen before, as well as critical information about their diet and the amount of space they need to survive. Motion detection cameras record the first-ever images of a baby giant armadillo in Brazil who became a social media star, and in South Africa, they’re being used to photograph, and potentially manage an entire ecosystem with the cooperation of thousands of citizen scientists who help catalogue the pictures online.    

Spying on Animals shows us how innovations in remote, unmanned cameras let us bear witness to animal behaviour 24/7, almost anywhere on Earth. This is a revolution for scientists, a new and powerful connection between ourselves and wildlife, and an inspirational force for conservation.


Credits (Click to expand)


Produced & Directed by
Scott Harper

Written by
Helen Slinger

Tony Coleman

Director of Photography
Christopher McKay

Original Music Composed by
Andy McNeill

Supervising Producer
Nida Marji

Location Sound
Scott Bell
David Best
Eric Davies

Production Coordinator
Liz Hodgson

2nd Unit Crew
Shekar Dattatri
Cristian Dimitrius
Sandesh Kadur

Additional Camera
Goran Basaric
Todd Cadderock
Chris Wayatt

Camera Assistant
Carly Plett

Location Fixer
Vydhehi Kadur
Robin Matthews
Flavia Rocha
Andrew Thompson


Graphic Effects Artist
Mark Alberts

Visual Research & Clearance
Gina Cali

Sound Editors
Ryan Birnberg
Joseph Facciuolo
Faustine Pelipel

Re-Recording Mixer
Steve Moore

Andrew Mandziuk

Online Editor
Colin Campbell

Post Production Supervisor
Allan Schwartzenberger

Production Accountant
Michelle Ferrari

Stock & Archival Material
Andrew Manske, Compass Media Inc
CBC Archive Sales/Archives Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada Archives
Ellis Dungan Collection, West Virginia State Archives
George Shiras / National Geographic Creative
Laura Kloepper, Saint Mary's College
M.R.Hari - Indiavideo
Ocean Networks Canada
© Parks Canada
Pimachiowin Aki Corporation
Tom Hart, Oxford University Penguin Watch

Michael Clinchy
Arnaud Desbiez
Sarah Fortune
Ullas Karanth
Krithi Karanth
Bill Koski
Craig Packer
Art Rodgers
Liana Zanette

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General Manager, Programming
Sally Catto

Executive Director, Unscripted Content
Jennifer Dettman

Senior Director, Documentary
Sandra Kleinfeld

Director of Production, Unscripted Content
Alexandra Lane

Executive in Charge of Production
Sue Dando

Wildlife Film Consultant
Caroline Underwood

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Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


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