We got this big boy last night out on the road. you can see the setting moonlight in the background. We think he is the same mail we got in our cameratrap at an Impala Kill earlier in the year. Fortunately, he did not find the Easter Bunny who did visit us with chocholate this morning.
Here are three short videos of the creatures that visit our compost pile each night:
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Here are the latest images of our friendly Honey Badger or Ratel who has been raiding Parm’s bee hive he has set up behind our offices. Below are the pics Parm got of the culprit. We need to experiment further with baffles and other ways of discouraging our friend from destroying more hives.
Caught this adult Bat-eared Fox in the camera a while back. You can really see the size of his insect probing ears. What you cant see is a set of exceptional jaw muscles capable of extremely rapid bug chomping (i think i remember that they set some kind of chomping speed record in the mammal world but know i cant remember).
Its always nice to see vultures coming into carcasses in our area. Vultures, are taking such a terrible hit globally and even here in Kenya trends have shown that dramatic declines in particular areas, including Laikipia. The following images of Ruppel’s Griffon Vultures were taken on a zebra carcass a few months back.
A vulture waiting for its turn
We have three species of mongoose on Tumaren and after finally getting a picture of a Slender Mongoose (Black-tipped Mongoose) we can now present all three below.
First our only social mongoose, The Dwarf Mongoose, a diurnal small species:
Second our nocturnal species, The White-tailed mongoose:
And lastly, The Slender Mongoose a species that is for the most part solitary (but you often times see pairs together).
Not long after our images of Lolmelil on the zebra killed by the snare it appears that his lionesses made a zebra kill of their own. This was not far away and we were able to get the following images on the carcass. You can see the young cubs in the initial images and an adult female with them, in the third. The adult looked at the camera in this image and the next minute, like with Lolmelil, the camera was on its back taking images of whiskers, eyes and paws (like the last image here). In the morning the camera was found 30 meters away from the kill site, covered in dust and under a bush – These moultrie cameras are definitely tough.
Lolmelil, a large male lion who we have seen on a number of occasions but never photographed finally made an appearance at a dead common zebra we found a couple weeks back. The zebra had sadly died from a snare that had slowly strangled and cut it. Parm put the camera out and got these great images of Lolmelil. If you look very closely in the first image you can see that he has a radio collar. The collar was put on by the good folks at the Laikipia Predator Project . Learn more about their work here:
He first arrived at 10:58 pm and we got this image and another. He must have spooked from human scent because he did not return again for an hour and a half. The last image below is the last we got of lolmelil, he looked at the camera (which makes a slight red glow when using its infrared flash) and then a minute later the camera was on its back for the rest of the night – I suppose he wanted to eat in peace.
This Beautiful Male Leopard was photographed above our offices several weeks ago on a gerenuk kill. Losorogol was patrolling when he found the stashed kill. Gabriel then went out to set the camera. This male is larger than the one we photographed before and i think it is also one that i saw 1 year back near our dam. the greatest thing about this camera is that it enables us to begin to identify the individual animals. Good Job Losorogol and Gabriel.!
A mixed group of female elephants with young visited one of our small dams recently at 8 in the morning. That was nice and we managed to get a number of nice images of them as they drank, many images framed by the legs and belly of a foreground animal.
Then one hour later, clearly tracking the movements of the females, a lone bull passed. The camera-trap took this one image of him passing at 9:09am
The next image at 9:22 was more of a self portrait. Clearly, after kicking over the camera, the ele thought the lens looked very interesting.
The Bull then sat and photographed himself dozens of times as he looked down at the odd machine. When he finally left the camera it was still facing upward and for the remainder of the day it shot hundreds of images of the passing clouds. Elephants are very cheeky.