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 - 7
- (Added 21. Nov. 2012 - 11:00)

The Brown hyaena Parahyaena brunnea is unique in having hair that can literally ‘stand on end’ covering most it its body. When startled or alarmed, the hyaena’s hair erects, presumably as a defense mechanism to appear larger – a quite common behavioural adaptation in a number of animals (e.g. bullfrogs!). Here we see a brown hyaena startled by the faint glow of the infra-red flash.

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 6
- (Added 6. Nov. 2012 - 11:00)

An unusual feature of the zebra populations in one area of our reserve is that they form mixed herds of both Plains (Equus quagga) and Mountain (Equus zebra hartmannae) species. A similar situation occurs in the Kenyan highlands for Grevy’s and Burchell’s Zebras. In general these herds are very cohesive units, but do not appear to interbreed. However, there are several examples in the literature of cross-species breeding in Zebra, and we have seen individuals that do appear to have mixed markings suggestive of hybridization. While these marking are suggestive, a genetic study will be required to examine this further. Here we see a Mountain Zebra mare drinking with a Plains Zebra foal…

Philadelphia Zoo
- (Added 1. Nov. 2012 - 11:00)

 Kay and Jen from Philadelphia Zoo left us a few days ago, and we're pleased to hear that they are home safe and sound after a few days delay in London, courtesy Superstorm Sandy. While here, they had the opportunity to spend time in one of our hides and took some excellent close-up images of different species. We especially like this one of an African Wild Cat...

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 5
- (Added 31. Oct. 2012 - 11:00)

 And of course, some animals just cannot resist looking into the lens...

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 4
- (Added 23. Oct. 2012 - 10:00)

Continuing in the theme of ‘up close’, this black rhino presented her identification marks very nicely to one of our camera traps. The pattern of notches in the ears translates to a number that allows us to identify the specific individual.

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