Ongava Research Centre Blog...


Donation from Premier Tours
- (Added 16. Feb. 2013 - 11:00)

Yet again another thanks to Julian Harrison and his team at Premier Tours in Philadelphia for their recent donation and continued support for our research efforts. These funds will go to buying essential equipment that allows us to continue our studies of the Ongava ecosystem.

Ken & Sabina Stratford

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Camera Trap Image of the Week - 20
- (Added 12. Feb. 2013 - 11:00)

The helmeted guineafowl Numida meleagris is a very common bird in these areas, often dominating occupancy at waterholes in the mornings and evenings. Being ground birds, they scratch and dig for underground food items such as tubers and invertebrates. This images conveys an impression of birds scattering in response to some disturbance – which is exactly how guineafowl react.



Camera Trap Image of the Week - 19
- (Added 5. Feb. 2013 - 11:00)

As you can see from the image, on dark nights (cloud cover or new moon) animals can be very difficult to see. We do get some help from specialized structures in the eyes of some of these animals, especially predators. They have a layer of cells behind their retinas called the tapetum lucidum that reflects light back through the retina, enhancing vision in low light. This light shines back out of their eyes. The above image shows that the tapetum lucidum also reacts to infra-red light, here we are seeing the ‘eyeshine’ from several lions following an infra-red flash. This sequence would have been totally dark to us – we cannot see in infra-red!



Camera Trap Image of the Week - 18
- (Added 29. Jan. 2013 - 11:00)

Just a reminder that while lions look ‘mostly harmless’ when we see them in game reserves, they can be very aggressive and dangerous when need be. Fortunately the camera traps were not being serviced at this time!



Camera Trap Image of the Week - 17
- (Added 22. Jan. 2013 - 11:00)

Each year we see new rhino calves of both species, and this past year was no exception. Shown here is a very small white rhino calf, probably less than two months old. He (or she, sometimes difficult to tell when calves are that young) will spend the next two years right next to his mother, rarely straying more than ten meters from her side. He’ll only leave once she has a new calf.




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