The camera drones are coming

As NGM photographer Nick Nichols learns to use this new device to shoot pictures of lions in Africa, we thought you might like a peek at what these micro-copters can actually do — and it’s pretty cool:

One question: Nick says the “lions [will become] habituated to the sound of the electric rotors” — but is that a good thing, especially if our Society (presumably) cares more about lions than about pictures of lions?

(“Electric-rotor-habituated lions” is clearly not a goal of our conservation program.)

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