Camera traps are considered some of the best wildlife monitoring tools by conservation biologists worldwide.
We have initiated an on-going wildlife monitoring project. Using the Cape leopard as a flagship or ambassador species, we aim to excite all about regional conservation. Through this monitoring initiative, we are able identify habitat suitability, preferences, prey species available and make predictions of extinction risk.
Camera traps allow for effective monitoring of rare, nocturnal and elusive species making this an ideal monitoring method. The overall goal is to achieve connectivity between existing protected areas to ensure genetic variation between small isolated populations.
Using a grid-based system, cameras are set out in strategically determined locations. Cameras are paired in order to capture both flanks of an individual animal simultaneously. Animals are assigned identity codes and ID kits, which are used as a reference for new leopard images.