Rare Nocturnal Animals Captured on Camera


The Timbavati Leopard Project has already delivered numerous fantastic photos of our elusive spotted cats, and their database is growing daily.

A Porcupine

The project, a non-profit research programme focused on investigating the Leopard population dynamics in the Greater Kruger National Park, captures leopard sightings via numerous camera traps installed throughout the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.

A Honey Badger

Their camera traps have also managed to capture some of the rarer nocturnal animals.

These smaller critters usually only get active later in the evening, by the time we are back at the lodge enjoying dinner!

The porcupine, a large rodent, feeds on a wide variety of vegetation using powerful claws to dig and teeth to forage.

Predators will sometimes try to hunt these formidable looking creatures, but there quills are long and sharp and often prove lethal.

The honey badger is well known in these parts for packing a punching way above their weight class. What they lack in size, they make up in temperament.

We often find them in and around the lodge during the winter months when they try to scavenge on any leftovers (hence the reason why we heavily padlock all the fridges and doors!).

We saved the rarest for last, the aardvark! This strictly nocturnal animal is the toughest to find as it only appears late in the evening when it comes out to forage on termites and ants.

The Elusive Aardvark

They are responsible for the large holes found in the termite mounds in our area. To reach the terminates, they tunnel down using powerful claws and scrape away large amounts of soil. They also use their long sticky tongues to lick up large amounts of ants and termites.

Many thanks to the Leopard Project for letting us share some of these rare images with you.

Text by Dale Jackson