The BeetleCam is a remote controlled buggy with a DSLR camera mounted on top to film and photograph wildlife at very close range. Created by Will Burrard-Lucas and his brother, Matt, its first shots were released in 2010 in a series called "The Adventures of BeetleCam." It filmed African wildlife in the Ruaha and Katavi National Parks in Tanzania — creating amazing pictures and videos of elephants, African buffalo and lions. One of their cameras was destroyed in an encounter with a lion.
They came back in 2011 with two improved BeetleCams, focusing on lions. During this project they created a set of remarkable pictures featuring feeding lions and playful cubs. This series was first released in 2012 in an article called "BeetleCam vs the Lions of the Masai Mara". BeetleCam Mark II used a Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III.
- Priya Ganapati, Wired (April 19, 2010). "Robotic Buggy Takes Stunning Photos of African Wildlife".
- Will Burrard-Lucas (April 19, 2010). "The Adventures of BeetleCam".
- National Geographic Society (April 27, 2010). "Lion Steals Roving Camera, Takes Photos".
- Paul Marks, New Scientist (9 March 2012). "Safari robot snaps feasting lion up close".
- Will Burrard-Lucas (29 Feb 2012). "BeetleCam vs the Lions of the Masai Mara".
- The Telegraph (1 Mar 2012). "Camouflaged camera films lions close up in Kenya's Masai Mara". The Daily Telegraph (London).