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...

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 57
- (Added 29. Oct. 2013 - 11:00)

We are often surprised that we do not see much conflict between the smaller carnivores at waterholes – presumably these locations provide one of the few instances that they are in close proximity to each other. Jackals seem especially well tolerated (or ignored) by most other animals. Not quite the case here – this caracal is obviously not happy with the jackal being so close. Note the raised mane on the jackal; as with all canids they erect neck and back hair when threatened or stressed.

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 56
- (Added 22. Oct. 2013 - 10:00)

The juvenile black rhino shown below is probably as surprised as we were to see this picture – a duck on one of our artificial waterholes! Back in week 41 we talked about the dry season bringing water birds to what are effectively permanent water resources – albeit very small. Luckily the duck was there the next day, so our daytime images revealed this is a red-billed teal Anas erythrorhyncha.

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 55
- (Added 15. Oct. 2013 - 10:00)

In order to drink, giraffe have to somehow get their heads all the way down to the water. To do this they either have to spread or bend their legs. Which do they do? Spread or bend? We see both types of behaviour in our giraffe population –below we see a group of females all ‘bending’. We have some anecdotal evidence that suggests a bias in males in favour of ‘spreading’, but we have not undertaken a real study. Indeed, we don’t know whether the same giraffe will adopt a different posture at different times, or perhaps at different location - one of those questions to answer when spending time at waterholes during census.

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 54
- (Added 8. Oct. 2013 - 10:00)

The camera trap that recorded this image (the same one as last week’s lion cub…) is placed on the trunk of a tree that has quite a large overhanging canopy. How this African Hawk Eagle managed to avoid the tree is beyond me – it seems about to only just miss the trap.

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 53
- (Added 1. Oct. 2013 - 10:00)

New lion cubs spend a lot of time in play – an essential development of their strength and agility before they learn hunting skills at about 2 years old. This 4-month old cub seems to be in training for aerial combat!

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