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Credit: INBAC-CLP-Panthera.

Camera traps reveal extraordinary wildlife

Posted on: 23.09.16 (Last edited) 23 September 2016

A camera trap survey in one of Africa’s largest conservation landscapes has captured an exciting range of species – from honey badgers and caracals to a hyena holding an elephant’s trunk…

Situated in a region where five African countries converge, Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area, is the largest of its kind in the world. Despite its enormous strategic importance for African biodiversity, relatively little is known about the presence, abundance and distribution of key species within the Angola section of KAZA.

With support from the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP), one team of 2016 award-winners is working to bridge that knowledge gap by compiling a wildlife inventory with the aid of carefully located camera traps.

Initial results have been, to say the least, exciting. Here is a snapshot of some of the spectacular wildlife (including threatened species) that has already been captured on film.

Caracal. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Caracal. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Honey badgers. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Honey badgers. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Hyena and elephant trunk. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Hyena and elephant trunk. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Africa lion. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

African lion. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Zorilla. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Zorilla. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

African wild dog. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

African wild dog. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Bat eared fox. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Bat-eared fox. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Porcupine. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Porcupine. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Elephants. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

African elephants. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Serval. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Serval. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Aardvark. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Aardvark. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

African wildcat. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

African wildcat. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Sable antelope. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Sable antelope. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Aardwolf. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

Aardwolf. Credit: INBAC/CLP/Panthera.

The project team wishes to thank Angola National Institute of Biodiversity and Conservation Areas, Panthera and CLP, without whose support these images could not have been captured.

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Tim has worked closely with Fauna & Flora International for many years, and has edited Fauna & Flora magazine since its inception in 2001. His current role is Communications Specialist – Conservation Partnerships.

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