Along with understanding the human culture side of things at the Outamba Kilimi National Park, the Pan Verus Project will also be setting up 25 camera traps (non-invasive motion triggered cameras) to document which species are present throughout the park.
These cameras are being purchased with funds donated by the Global Wildlife Conservation’s Primate Action Fund and the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation and will be set up in the park in March 2018. Over the next few years the Pan Verus Project plans to opportunistically place camera traps throughout the entire park, along wildlife trails and at potential feeding sites, to attempt to document the wide variety of species within the park.
In particular we hope to identify all species of primate currently living within the park (we estimate there to be 13 primate species living in the park), gather photographic evidence of the forest elephants, confirm reports of pygmy hippopotamus in the area, and hopefully capture the elusive and Critically Endangered West African lion on film.
Camera traps are a great and non-invasive way to document the wildlife we wouldn’t otherwise be able to see. We are not attempting to habituate any species to our presence in the park as currently hunting is a major threat to all species present.