Pangolin camera trap photo

Two months of camera trapping after losing the signal for the released pangolin, P33, we have managed to get a photograph of a Sunda Pangolin.

Although it is not possible to see the transmitter on her (as it attached on the other side) this photo was taken 150m from her last known den site. Alongside this, there have been no recent records of wild pangolins in this area.

This is such a positive sign for the release project and we will endeavor to try and get a photo where the transmitter can be seen, in order to confirm her survival.

However, us on in the park are fairly confident that it is in fact her-safe and well! IMAG0011


3 thoughts on “Pangolin camera trap photo

  1. This is great news! I see you use Scoutguard’s camera trap, as we have in Namibia too.
    Was there any rationale for where the camera trap was placed to try to capture pangolin shots?
    But.. How can you know for sure it’s your lost one with the transmitter, rather than another wandering local pangolin?
    I guess you’ve tried picking up the RF signal again near there? Perhaps the transmitter or aerials are broken?
    Best wishes,
    Paul Rankin, Pangolin Research Mundulea

  2. Dear Paul,

    Cameras were placed at all known den sites. However, there was an area within her home range where she had not yet used a den, although evidence suggests she moved through this area. We decided to set up three camera traps in this area at trees which had suitable hollows. It is one of these cameras on which we got the photograph, 150m away from her last known den site.

    We have been back to the release site to see if we can pick up a signal, but with no luck. However, we know that the antenna and receiver are in working order having tested them with another transmitter.

    It took 475 effective camera trap nights to get this photo. We will continue to keep the cameras active for a few more months and have baited them with frozen ants. Hopefully we may get a photograph where it is possible to see the transmitter.

    As part of the selection process of release sites, camera traps were put up in this area for one month to assess the presence/abundance of predators and wild pangolins, when this was done no photographs of pangolins were recorded. This was one of the criteria on which the release site was selected; however, considering the effort required to obtain this photograph, it is not possible to say there are no wild pangolins in the area and that this is definitely our released one.

    We were considering marking the pangolins with paint so that they could be identified in an event like this; however, we concluded that with the hunting risk in the forest it may only help to make the animal an easier target.

    Thanks for your comment Paul, any suggestions are always welcome!

    Louise Fletcher

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