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...

Update for April
- (Added 23. Apr. 2017 - 13:17)

Sorry folks, the blog has not been updated for a few weeks - I'm currently away from the reserve, working on analysis. And some exciting plans for the future! Watch this space...

2017 - Week 10
- (Added 19. Mar. 2017 - 11:00)

As part of a collaborative project with Prof. Mark Stanback of Davidson College in the USA, we have deployed a number of nest boxes across the reserve. The broad aim of the study is look at competition between the different cavity nesting birds, mainly hornbills. We have not seen much occupancy on Ongava (compared to other more southerly study sites), but here is a male Monteiro’s hornbill provisioning a nest box – the female is sealed inside the box, and you can just about make out the slot that he uses to deliver food. (And YES, this is an image taken a few days ago – the good rains have turned the bush green!)

2017 - Week 9
- (Added 12. Mar. 2017 - 11:00)

Not a great image, but enough to make out what is a very unusual creature for Ongava – a striped polecat (Ictonyx striatus). Also known as an African Skunk, it behaves exactly like a skunk – ejecting a very nasty smelling liquid from anal glands when alarmed.

2017 - Week 8
- (Added 5. Mar. 2017 - 11:00)

I know. I’m always showing pictures of raptors. They are just amazing. As is this picture of an African hawk eagle flying past…

2017 - Week 7
- (Added 26. Feb. 2017 - 11:00)

It would be nice to think these mountain zebras are ‘smiling for the camera’. More likely they are jostling for position and about to either bite or kick each other!

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