If you’re planning safari vacation near Cape Town, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is sure to pop up in your Google search, but what many don’t know is that Sanbona is so much more than just a five-star Big Five experience.
Sanbona is officially a Stewardship property. In addition, it is also a formal protected area. Both agreements were made between Sanbona, CapeNature and the Department of Environmental Affairs and it means that Sanbona will protect and conserve the land, the biodiversity found within the protected area, and actively conserve and manage endangered species on the reserve.
CAMERA TRAPS AND CONSERVATION
As a conservation-orientated reserve, besides ensuring you have the best stay possible, we continuously participate in field research to ensure that the land and free-roaming wild animals are managed and protected to the best of our ability. And to assist us, we use a number of camera traps dotted throughout the 58 000 hectares that make up Sanbona.
Camera traps are specially designed cameras that are placed into the veld to capture photos of animals as they move past the camera. These cameras can either be set to record photos or videos at a set time interval [seconds, minutes, hours] or can be triggered by movement. The cameras play a vital role in identifying and recording activity of more secretive animals that one would otherwise rarely see. It allows us to monitor general game, leopards making their way through the valleys, brown hyenas at den sites or on kills, the endangered and secretive riverine rabbit, and other nocturnal creatures.
We make use of different cameras for different projects at Sanbona. Larger cameras are used on Ecological Management sights and take 180° photos to show which animals are feeding outside the plots. Cameras with a black flash are used for more sensitive nocturnal animals such as riverine rabbits, whereas cameras with a white flash gives a more detailed photo, perfect for identifying leopards.