Ongava Research Centre Blog...

2014 - Week 42
- (Added 19. Oct. 2014 - 11:00)

Occupational hazard! This picture was taken a few days ago at the research centre. The wall is 2m high, so that is some reach for that elephant! He rather likes the grasses and bamboos that we have planted there. He also seems to like drinking from our paddling pool… Let’s hope he stays on that side of the wall…

2014 - Week 41
- (Added 12. Oct. 2014 - 11:00)

It seems baboons also get thorns in their feet! Not sure we’re all quite as flexible though…

2014 - Week 40
- (Added 5. Oct. 2014 - 11:00)

We all know that zebras have stripes, and that different species of zebra have quite different stripe patterns and distributions. However they also have a large amount of variation within one species. Here we see a group of Plains Zebra drinking at a waterhole (as it happens the same waterhole as the pictures from three of the last four weeks!) – note the differences in the stripes on their faces. Now we just need some really sophisticated ID software (anybody reading from the CIA?) so that we can identify individuals from their face stripe patterns… This has been done for a number of species, but is very difficult in the wild since images need to be standardized (think of your passport picture), and animals on the move are rarely so obliging.

2014 - Week 39
- (Added 1. Oct. 2014 - 11:00)

A little late this week due to yet more travelling – but worth the wait. A first for our 5-year camera trapping study on Ongava, an African Civet captured at one of our waterholes. Civets do occur across Africa, but a quite rare in semi-arid environments, so we are very pleased to be able to add that to our checklist!

2014 - Week 38
- (Added 21. Sep. 2014 - 11:00)

…and now meet ‘Tolstoy’, his brother. We have just fitted a GPS tracking collar (you can see the dark band) to this lion so that we can very closely monitor his movements. Together with his two brothers they control the eastern side of Ongava. But with recent changes in the occupancy of the central area, these ‘Ongarangombe’ males have started to expand their territory. We hope to be able to monitor the rate and extent of that expansion.

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