Thylacine Research Unit - T.R.U

Thylacine Research Unit


Adopt a trail camera program

The Thylacine Research Unit (TRU) is frequently asked by people from all walks of life - 'What can we do to help?'

The TRU receives no governmental funding or support and as such relies mainly on the direct financial contribution of its core members. We understand that people all around the world are interested in finding if these animals are still extant and if so giving them the protection that they need. One of the best ways to conduct this kind of search and gather evidence is to use wild life cameras. These cameras are where possible positioned in pairs to ensure that images are recorded on multiple devices to help increase the legitimacy of any captured evidence. One of the great things about these systems is that they provide the least possible disruptions to wildlife.

Interested in making a significant contribution to field research and potentially helping find the thylacine?

If you are - please take a moment to learn about our new program aimed at allowing our supporters to make a contribution.

Introducing  the Adopt a Camera Program. Under this program people can donate a stealth camera and they then having naming rights to that camera - when we deploy that camera it will be mentioned in our videos and recorded on our supporters page. Also in the event of a thylacine being filmed on your sponsored camera you will be mentioned in official media releases.


There are a number of sponsorship options.


Option 1 - Is our Bronze Sponsor Option. At $200 (AUD) you can help purchase an LTL Acorn 6210

The Digital Mobile Scouting Camera/ Tail Camera (Model: Ltl-6210A) is a scouting device. It can be triggered by sudden change of ambient temperature caused by moving game in a region of interest (ROI), which is detected by a highly Passive Infra-Red (PIR) sensor, and then take pictures or video clips automatically


  • 5M/12M/2M pixel high-quality resolution
  • 1280 x 720 HD video with audio
  • Infrared night vision LEDs for 65’ flash range
  • Cam + Video mode enables camera to take both pictures and video at every trigger event
  • Color pictures/videos in daytime and black/white pictures/videos at night
  • Flip-down built-in 2” LCD color display
  • Ultra low standby power consumption. Extremely long in-field life (in standby mode, up to 6 months with 12 x AA batteries)
  • Unique side Prep Sensor design provides wider sensing angle and enhances camera’s response speed
  • Perform in the most extreme temperatures from -22°F to 158°F



Option 2 - Is our Silver Sponsor Option. At $250 it includes the bronze option above plus a dedicated steel security frame to help keep thieves at bay.

Option 3 - Gold Option. At $350 is the LTL Acorn 6210MM - its the same general camera as the one above, however it includes a cellular/mobile communications capability that allows photos to be sent directly from the field without the need to visit the camera to collect images.



Option 4 - Platinum Option. At $500 is the LTL Acorn 6210MM, with solar power and security box - its the same general camera as option 3, however it includes a security box, and a dedicated solar panel to  provide power to the camera almost indefinitely.

Interested in helping out? Please contact us on the email address below and let us know what sponsorsip option you would like.


Other Options

We understand that not everyone can afford the camera packages above but they would still like to help out. That is why we have developed a series of smaller contributions that are more affordable yet still help our research.

Battery Buddy - $20

Did you know that each time we put a camera out it costs approximately $10-15 in disposable batteries? By donating $20 you will be helping power one of our existing cameras for 1 - 2 investigation(s) for a period of up to 6 months.

Power Provider - $50

By donating $50 you will enable the purchase of a small solar panel specifically designed to provide power to one of our existing cameras.


Security Pack - $75

By donating $75 you be helping purchase a security box and padlock to help secure an existing camera in the field.


Adoptacam Shout Outs!



Thanks Steve Brigginshaw for the Briggo Cam!