The second instalment of the camera trap chronicles has been completed over the last week. Once again the main focus in trying to catch a leopard so we searched around for a suitable spot. As always, some other interesting creatures popped up along the way. We eventually settled on setting it up long a prominent game path that sits less than a kilometre from the Londolozi Camps.
Often, we’ve followed or tracked the Ximungwe Female and Ximungwe Young Male as well as the Senegal Bush Male, in that area and along the same game path. My hopes were high that we were going to capture at least one of them over the course of the next seven days, along with what ever other visitors that may wander by…
Our first exciting discovery was the presence of a resident porcupine in the area. It was captured every night on the camera, usually between midnight and 2am. These large rodents are quite elusive in these parts and are hardly ever seen while out on a game drive, largely due to their strict nocturnal behaviour.
Once again, with the camera trap aimed at capturing a leopard or animals slightly closer to the ground, only this giraffe’s legs feature.
A fair few wandered past the camera but this one – which I presume is an adult male based on the size and colour – spent a while in the early morning milling about the camera.
This site yielded a lot less hyena activity than I was expecting. It’s less than a kilometre from a hyena den site and I thought that we would have them strolling past on a regular basis. This was the only one that was captured on the first night.
A curious wildebeest casts his eye toward the camera while passing by in the early morning light.
A Genet darts past the camera in the wee hours of the morning.
Success! On the last evening of having the camera set up, we captured this leopard wandering past in the early evening. Although we can’t see the face, we presume that it is the Ximungwe Female. I was over the moon to say that we finally captured a leopard!