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 - 52
- (Added 24. Sep. 2013 - 10:00)

This is our 52nd Image of the week blog, so that makes a full year! And for this blog, two images for the price of one…. We’ve seen some colour variations (e.g. melanism) in birds on this blog, but not in mammals. Here we see an adult female kudu that appears to have some genetic flaw in her normal coat colour production. It does not seem to be full albinism as we see in some species (and humans), but has given a lighter colour coat with no stripes. Since she has made it to adulthood, it would appear natural selection has not worked against her in this instance.

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 51
- (Added 17. Sep. 2013 - 10:00)

It is always difficult to resist showing another picture of a baby white rhino (we saw one back in January). Another picture of a calf with not much of a horn bump yet, so she (a female this time) is probably only 6-8 weeks old.

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 50
- (Added 10. Sep. 2013 - 10:00)

This one is a little difficult to see, but if you look carefully you can see a black rhino bull appearing stage left. While he is not moving at full speed, it seems the lions have noticed him!

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 49
- (Added 3. Sep. 2013 - 10:00)

In the wet season Eland Taurotragus oryx females disperse into the hills to give birth. They then come back together in May and June to form nursery herds comprising mothers, this year’s calves, older female calves and any other male offspring that have not yet dispersed. Always nice to see calves in groups, that way they get better protection from carnivores.

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 48
- (Added 27. Aug. 2013 - 10:00)

Here we see a Verreaux’s Eagle Aquila verreauxii landing near one of waterholes. Previously called the Black Eagle, its main prey is rock hyrax (or dassies, as we call them) that it catches from their rocky perches on the small hills. The white markings on the back form a roughly cross shape, hence the Afrikaans name ‘witkruisarend’, literally ‘white cross eagle’.

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