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.