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Camera Trap Project Part 2

May 14, 2013

The Las Tangaras Camera trap has been lurking in corners, up trees, on the front porch, at the top of the ridge amongst many other places and has diligently brought us some great little insights into the critters that crash about unseen on the reserve.

Las Tangaras has a wealth of life and biodiversity that is hard to believe, but the camera trap brings a whole new dimension into our day. We wake up every morning, spring out of bed and rush to see who we have caught munching on some vanilla covered bananas that we have laid down in front of the trap. (We are told that the strong scent of vanilla attracts bears, who have been seen on the reserve but alas have not yet been spotted on our camera trap. With 20,000 hectares of forest to roam its not entirely easy to find them!)

So we start with a regular visitor at our feeding table, the Paca. He or she is a large ground dwelling rodent native to South and Central America. We regularly see the Paca footprints around the lodge but only once have seen them in ‘person’

Our second visitor below is slightly foggy but we do live in a cloud forest! If you look carefully you can see a tiny mouse opossum staring right into the camera on one of our tree feeders.

If you visit the reserve we are trying to establish a short trail along our feeders so you can see these animals for yourself! So we hope to see you here soon.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. jamie mcaulay permalink
    May 15, 2013 6:18 am

    this is awesome. have you tried putting one on the bridge? i felt sure that there were animals crossing on that bridge at night!

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