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 - 3
- (Added 21. Oct. 2012 - 10:00)

Up Close - Sometimes animals move directly in front of the camera traps, and the images that are captured allow us the opportunity to look at detailed features and help enormously with identification. This is particularly true for lions, where we use the whisker spot patterns for ID. This image is one taken by infra-red flash of one of our sub-adult males.

Premier Tours Donates Further Funds to Ongava Research Centre
- (Added 21. Oct. 2012 - 07:41)

We would like to say a huge thanks to Julian Harrison and his team at Premier Tours in Philadelphia for their recent donation and continued support for our research efforts. Over the past 2 years Premier Tours has donated close to $5000, allowing us to buy equipment to extend our camera trapping and other studies of our ecosystem.

Ken & Sabina Stratford

For more details on Premier Tours, visit their website here


Philadelphia Zoo visits Ongava Research Centre
- (Added 21. Oct. 2012 - 07:20)

We welcome Kay Buffamonte and Jen Robertson to Ongava from Philadelphia Zoo, who have been sponsoring our lion project for the past 3 years. Follow the daily blog of their visit here...

Camera Trap Image of the Week - 2
- (Added 10. Oct. 2012 - 10:00)

We have been studying the drinking patterns of all raptors that visit waterholes, and hope to publish that data soon. However we have been very surprised at the tenacity of some larger eagles in terms of their staying on the ground at waterholes in the presence of larger herbivores. This Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax remained in position for over 20 minutes while larger animals milled around - indeed, it seemed to be the herbivores that were avoiding the eagle!


Camera Trap Image of the Week - 1
- (Added 9. Oct. 2012 - 10:00)

In this series we'll be showing you some of the more interesting camera trap images we record. Each week we process many hundreds of images, and often see things that are a little out of the ordinary...

This week's image shows the impact that one raptor (an African Hawk Eagle Aquila fasciatus in this case) can have on swarming flocks of small birds (here Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea). Usually these small birds would swarm all over the waterhole, but here they are giving the eagle a very wide berth! 

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