Blog: General News Blog: Sightings
Camera Traps Project
A few months ago, we posted an update regarding some camera traps we helped set up to monitor leopard numbers in the reserve. The project is being headed up by Nakedi Maputla of the African Wildlife Foundation. The aim of the proposed project is to investigate the drivers of leopard population dynamics in the Greater Kruger National Park ecosystem and includes the direct and indirect effects of bTB (Bovine Tuberculosis).
The project therefore aims to investigate the extent of bTB infections in both leopards and the other apex predators. The project will be linked to the extant lion and spotted hyena research programmes in the Kruger National Park as well as to the Cheetah Research Project that commenced in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in late 2009. So far, the camera traps have managed to capture some wonderful shots including shots of the large elusive male leopard that we rarely see, but often find tracks for in and around camp. His rasping call can often be heard echoing along the riverbed as he patrols his domain. There are also some great shots of the Machaton pride and some of the smaller cubs on the move. The camera trap is situated only a couple hundred meters north of the camp, good reason not to walk around at night by yourself. We will ensure that we keep you updated on the project as well as on any worthwhile photo’s that might be taken.