Camera Traps Gallery

The camera trap project has been running since 2010. The aim of the project is to place trail cameras around the reserve in order to obtain photos and video footage of the game on the reserve. It is a non-intrusive way of gain a better understanding of game movements, game condition and allows us a close-up look at predators feeding on kills. Cameras are placed in areas where we see signs of game movement, such as game paths, drainage lines and around water sources.

When carcasses are found on the reserve, placing a camera there allows us to see what predator or scavenger species make use of this. The photos can then be used to compare against our leopard (Panthera pardus) and spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) ID kits.

Some amazing success stories and highlights of this project to date include; viewing a brown hyena (Hyaena brunnea) on multiple occasions in 2010. At the time, this was the first recorded sighting in over 7 years on Lissataba. Additionally, we have gained photos of two different sets of leopard cubs. In 2013, greater cane rats were seen on the cameras. This was the first report of these animals on the reserve and our mammal list had to be updated accordingly.

Some of the trail camera photos from Lissataba have also been submitted to national and international competitions. In 2011, a photo of a male leopard at a zebra carcass was runner-up in the BBC Discover Wildlife camera trap competition. In the same year, a photo of a female leopard at a Waterbuck carcass won the South African camera trap competition under the class, ‘Best Classical Photo’.