New Ongava Research Centre...

Our new research facility will be opening in April 2019, we’ll update the website soon with more information.

We have left our previous blog online below if you’d like to have a look at some of the amazing camera trap images from the past 3 years.

Ongava Research Centre Blog...

Fieldwork Blog - Leopard Study 2
- (Added 24. Sep. 2012 - 05:04)

Here is the one we are going to use (that’s Stuart, Ongava’s manager and in charge of sedating the leopard):

You can see the bait in the trap at one end, and the trap door at the other end. In the middle of the trap is a pressure pad that releases the gate - hopefully any animal will activate that while trying to get to the bait.

We have added a few extra features, including a pair of camera traps above the cage so we can check to see what might have visited if we don't catch anything, and also a pulley with a long rope to allow what is called 'hot-release' of anything that gets not the cage that is not part of this investigation.

The reason for the 'long' rope is especially relevant to Ongava. We have lions. Lots of them. In fact it is far more likely that a lion will investigate this trap before a leopard. So we need to be prepared to release 220 kilograms of very angry lion. From a distance and within a vehicle!

The trap has been put close to one of the waterholes that we know leopards use, and also on one of the game trails we have seen leopard use to get to the waterhole.

So with the trap baited, we settled down to see what would happen during the night.

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