Camera Traps at Mashatu

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Leopard captured by the camera trap

Mashatu recently received 25 cameras, which will be strategically placed in the reserve for the purpose of studying the more elusive animals such as leopards and brown hyenas. The traps are generally situated along roads or game paths, and even near waterholes, and are left in position for three to four weeks at a time.

Night visuals of porcupines

Night visuals of porcupines

Every camera is very useful, as it’s essentially an extra pair of eyes in the bush for the rangers. By having numerous cameras in place, research can be conducted statistically to determine the absence or presence, and relative abundance of certain animals in the area in which the camera has been placed.

 



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