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 - 47
- (Added 20. Aug. 2013 - 10:00)

Spotted hyaenas keep their cubs in dens for some time before they are allowed to venture into the wild. This the first time we have captured these two juveniles on our traps, so these are very early days for them to be exploring. Note that they already have dark and light areas to their coats – after adolescence these will eventually form the characteristic dark spots we see on adults.

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 46
- (Added 13. Aug. 2013 - 10:00)

We were reviewing the trap images that we have shown on this blog, and were surprised to see that no spotted hyaenas Crocuta crocuta had made the list yet. Quite an omission, since these animals are absolutely fascinating. They have very complex matriarchal societies and display amazing intelligence – in terms of puzzle solving they are ranked on a par with old world monkeys. We have been monitoring ‘spotties’ here for several years, and track clan dynamics by using coat spot patterns to determine individual IDs. Here we see one of our spotted hyaenas presenting very nicely for ID. Rather unimaginatively, this is number 7…

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 45
- (Added 6. Aug. 2013 - 10:00)

Given the endangered status of cheetah, and the persecution rates on farmland in this area, we are very pleased to see that this female has managed to rear three youngsters to an age where they can start to learn to hunt for themselves.

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 44
- (Added 30. Jul. 2013 - 10:00)

As we have seen in previous images, waterholes are often the meeting place for different species. We often see both black and white rhino drinking at the same time, and sometimes interacting. It is however quite unusual to see two baby rhinos of different species interacting. The calf on the left is a western black rhino Diceros bicornis bicornis, the one on the right a southern white rhino Ceratotherium simum simum. These calves are about 4-6 months old. The white rhino is probably younger, since when fully grown they are significantly larger than black rhinos. No sign of the mothers but you can be sure they are not far away… Note that the black rhino calf is not really darker in colour - they are both grey!

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 43
- (Added 23. Jul. 2013 - 10:00)

Artistic licence!

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