Camera traps deployed in the rugged Philippine mountains of Occidental Mindoro’s Iglit-Baco range have just captured dramatic images of Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) – the world’s rarest buffalo species and the Philippines’ largest endemic land animal.

In an effort to double wild Tamaraw numbers from 300 to 600 by 2020, small infrared cameras are crucial tools that give scientists a glimpse into the habits of these particularly secretive animals.  After a week, the traps revealed groundbreaking images of Tamaraw – a species too elusive and dangerous to approach.