New Ongava Research Centre...

Our new research facility will be opening in April 2019, we’ll update the website soon with more information.

We have left our previous blog online below if you’d like to have a look at some of the amazing camera trap images from the past 3 years.


Ongava Research Centre Blog...


Camera Trap Image of the Week - 33
- (Added 14. May. 2013 - 10:00)

There are often images circulating on the web of tourists on safari completely unaware of animals in close proximity. Here is our version of ‘Behind You!’ – it looks as if this black rhino is not aware of the five lions right behind her. You can be sure she is not aware, since black rhino are one of the few species that regularly chase lions away from waterholes.



Camera Trap Image of the Week - 32
- (Added 7. May. 2013 - 10:00)

Sometimes the images we see on the camera traps are completely mysterious. Clearly here something hit the water with a large splash, yet we see only the splash and a strange yellow shape… Any guesses?



Camera Trap Image of the Week - 31
- (Added 30. Apr. 2013 - 10:00)

On occasion birds of prey trigger our traps as they come in to land. Here we see an augur buzzard (Buteo augur) arriving for a drink at one of our waterholes. The red tail markings are similar to that seen in the jackal buzzard (Buteo rufofuscus), however jackal buzzards are not found this far north in Namibia – likewise augur buzzards are not found in South Africa.



Camera Trap Image of the Week - 30
- (Added 23. Apr. 2013 - 10:00)

Both species of rhino can make a lot of noise, and most of the noise is made when two rhinos confront each other. Since that happens quite frequently at waterholes, in particular during the dry season when the rhinos have to come to water to drink, we quite often hear huffing, puffing and bellowing between individuals, even across species. Here we see a black rhino ‘encouraging’ their competitor to stop invading their personal space! These bellows can be very loud, and also involve very low sound frequencies (infrasound) that are known to have additional impact on recipients – in humans, these low frequencies (also found in the roars of large carnivores) can cause the subject to ‘freeze’, an almost visceral reaction. 



Camera Trap Image of the Week - 29
- (Added 16. Apr. 2013 - 10:00)

The aardwolf (Proteles cristatus) is classified as a carnivore – in the same family as the hyaenas – but it might easily be called an insectivore, since it’s diet is almost exclusively termites. On Ongava aardwolves are extremely cryptic (shy) and nocturnal, so it is very rare to see one, especially during the day. In 4 years of camera trapping we have only recorded images of an aardwolf twice, and here is one of them… It looks quite similar to a striped hyaena, and can also raise its mane hair to look bigger when threatened. 




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