In September, Mr. Julius Muthiu, a Guide/Research Technician at Lolldaiga Hills Ltd., attended the European Primate Network’s ‘Primate Conservation and Research Workshop’. This 2-week workshop, was funded by the EU and held at the German Primate Research Center, Göttingen, Germany.
By Tom Butynski & Yvonne de Jong, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is working, through its ‘InstantWild’ project, and the public, to help identify species of mammals on the Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape (LHCL). The partner in Kenya for this initiative is the Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme of the Sustainability Centre Eastern Africa. ZSL has provided camera traps for use in the LHCL. These camera traps have the capacity to ‘instantly’ transmit photographs to the InstantWild website and app so that the public can participate in the identification of the species in the photographs and, thereby, assist with the monitoring of species and with the development of the ‘Mammal Species List’ and ‘Bird Species List’ this landscape. This is the first time that the public has been engaged in this manner for a conservation site in Africa. Your participation in this project is most welcome…and greatly appreciated!
By Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme
It is almost a year ago that that the Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme started a partnership with The Zoological Society of London. A joint camera trapping effort was designed to both deter wildlife poaching on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch and provide data on the area’s biological diversity. Camera traps are an efficient monitoring tool in areas which are difficult to survey using conventional direct observations. The infrared-triggered camera traps are now deployed on the Ranch and frequently moved about. Each trap is equipped with a telephone SIM card which sends images directly and immediately to ZSL’s Instant Wild application. The app user can view, identify and comment on these images.