Camera traps plays a cardinal role when it comes to monitoring wildlife. It becomes your eyes where your eyes cannot be. It makes it possible to observe animals with minimal to no disruption. They do not even know they are being filmed or photographed…
Camera traps are a recognized scientific tool used for identification and tracking of rare and shy animals. It is also very effective to see which animal species are present.
A camera trap is a motion-activated device that captures photographs and video, some can even send the footage via MMS or email to phones and computers. Movement triggers the camera and takes footage during day and night-time with black flashes or infrared technology.
We used this particular camera trap at a carcass that our leopard male caught. And what a delight! We captured incredible photo and video footage of him feeding on the blue wildebeest carcass.
One of the techniques to ensure that the images get captured, is to tie the carcass to a tree, then the predator cannot drag the carcass away. The wind can pose a challenge in terms of grass and branches moving and activating the cameras, therefore it is vitally important to correctly place the camera to only activate when there is animal movement.