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Caught on Camera

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MPALA WILDLIFE FOUNDATION via Crowdrise
January 28, 2011

Just picked up another batch of cameras- ran into some buffalo and a lion on the way... hippos and wild dogs found!  See more

THE STORY:

We often have a biased impression of what creatures are living around us – especially in wild places like Mpala. Think about those shy animals that tend to hide or the night-dwelling ones that are missed as we sleep. Put up a camera trap - automatic cameras with infrared sensors that are triggered when an animal passes – and you’ll be surprised what lurks unseen.

Camera traps have been used extensively in tropical rainforests but this study breaks the trend by using them to address conservation questions related to animals living on the savannas of E. Africia.

We plan to place camera traps on Mpala and other properties in Laikipia to see how different land use practices affect wildlife populations, especially carnivores – leopards, lions, cheetah, caracals, wild cats, serval cats, and various hyenas. We deploy our cameras for 3 weeks at a time snapping pictures day and night.

This is more than about taking cool pictures. We’re addressing some pretty important conservation issues. We want to answer questions like ‘Can wildlife – especially carnivores - and livestock live side-by-side’?, ‘How many cows are too much if we want wildlife too’? and ‘Are some carnivores better at living in human-occupied landscapes than others’? Up to now, there has been lots of speculation about these questions but little hard evidence to answer them. We will share our results and photos with land managers, government officials, private ranch owners and others who want to better understand the effects that different land use practices on Laikipia’s wildlife. And as a donor, we’ll share our photos with you!

Help us by donating toward the following:
New cameras – each one costs $450 USD
Rechargeable batteries - $30 per 6-pack
Stipend for a Kenyan field assistant - $250/month
Petrol to get around - $1/liter; we use about 200 liters/month

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Maks Groom

Maks Groom

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Sam Groom

Sam Groom

DONATION: $25

3 years ago