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SafariSpy: Saving the best for last…

   Back to SafariSpy SafariSpy: saving the best for last By Kat Holmes Yes it is the last SafariSpy post for now. Our camera trap has made the long journey back to the UK but not before taking one last outing, which turned out to be the best to date! Kev and Emma, who …

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Yellow mongoose

SafariSpy: a cat back from the dead!

By Kat Holmes The SafariSpy camera trap was recently borrowed by Dr. Richard Meissner, a local researcher who had never used a camera trap before. He placed the camera trap in his garden which lies next to a game reserve. All kinds of visitors cross into his garden including small mammals, birds and even spitting …

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SafariSpy: aardvarks, the secretive ‘earth pigs’

    Back to SafariSpy Capturing secretive ‘Earth Pigs’ As our SafariSpy camera has ventured out into South Africa we have met some great people using camera traps to conserve wildlife. This guest blog is by Dr Amy-Leigh Shuttleworth, who is studying aardvarks with WESSA and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Aardvarks, (Orycteropus afer) are medium-sized …

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Warthog

SafariSpy: bird brains and warthogs

   Back to SafariSpy SafariSpy: bird brains and warthogs By Kat Holmes I took the camera trap back to the Waterberg mountains to see if I could do better than last time. Obviously practice pays off, I found a great spot where wildlife was passing between the campsite area and the nearby waterhole. Helmeted guinea fowl …

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Rhino communication camera trap

Behind the Spy: capturing rhino communication

Behind the Spy: capturing rhino communication By Kat Holmes Click for black rhino video (courtesy of Courtney Marneweck) This time I am talking to Courtney Marneweck who is conducting her PhD research on how rhinos use olfactory (sense of smell) communication. She is working through the University of KwaZulu-Natal in  South Africa and is trying to …

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Vulture restaurant

SafariSpy: A restaurant for vultures…

 Back to SafariSpy SafariSpy: A restaurant for vultures… By Kat Holmes The SafariSpy camera trap has been out with Dr Paul Bartels, a lecturer and veterinarian at the Tshwane University of Technology. Paul has set up a vulture supplementary feeding site or “vulture restaurant” on his land in the Magaliesberg mountains near Pretoria. This site offered a …

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SafariSpy riverine rabbit

SafariSpy: Rare rabbits of the Karoo cavorting in the daylight

[su_note note_color=”#ffffff” text_color=”#34322c” radius=”5”] Rare rabbits of the Karoo cavorting in the daylight As our SafariSpy camera has ventured out into South Africa we have met some great people using camera traps to conserve wildlife. This guest blog is by Christy Bragg, Drylands Conservation Programme Manager at the Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa. One of the …

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African civet

SafariSpy: Mission three…

 Back to SafariSpy SafariSpy: Mission three… By Kat Holmes Last week I was lucky enough to take a camping trip to the famous Kruger National Park and of course the SafariSpy camera trap came along too. I was keeping my camera trapping expectations low because all the campsites have fences, which allow for a …

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SafariSpy Dung beetle

SafariSpy: Mission two…

   Back to SafariSpy SafariSpy: Mission two By Kat Holmes At the end of January I took the SafariSpy camera to a game reserve in the Waterberg Mountains, in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Having never placed a camera trap before I began a thorough search for animal paths around the campsite in which …

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