• Florian Weise

Annual Census

During the second half of September, at the peak of this year’s drought, ORC conducted an intensive camera trapping survey on Ongava. During the 2.5 weeks survey, 50 camera traps placed at Ongava’s waterholes recorded over 850,000 images in total. The motion-triggered cameras ‘capture’ the reserve’s wildlife both day and night, including species as small as rodents and up to Ongava’s giants, giraffe and elephants. The cameras also record cryptic and shy wildlife as well as rarely seen behaviours. The high-resolution imagery allows researchers to identify and count individuals, and the results from this monitoring effort will be used to answer scientific and management questions alike. Enjoy some of the first highlight pictures!