August 18, 2016:

Several species of high conservation value were recently captured on camera traps deployed in Mount Cameroon National Park.

Following the successful implementation of camera trap monitoring in Takamanda National Park and Banyang-Mbo Wildlife Sanctuary, the first camera traps were deployed within Mount Cameroon National Park in April 2016.

The Camera trap monitoring project is implemented by PSMNR-SWR to detect wildlife trends particularly for terrestrial vertebrates within its protected areas.

In each protected area the camera trap field team deploys camera traps in 2 arrays with 30 camera locations each for 30 continuous days.

The first array in MCNP was successfully completed by early May 2016 and provided us with some beautiful images of the wildlife present in the forest. The field team members(local community members, an eco-guard, WWF research assistant and KRCS research assistants)were over excited to be rewarded with the sight of these images after the hardships of fieldwork” stated Kelly Boekee, Consultant in conservation biology

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Among the high conservation value species caught on the camera traps were Forest elephants, Chimpanzees, Preuss’s monkeys, Drills, and the first images of the Mount Cameroon Francolin.

Other species that were detected by the camera traps included bushbuck, Duikers, Servaline genet, African palm civet, several Mongoose species, Brush tailed porcupine and several other bird species such as the Tambourine dove.

According to the consultant – Kelly Boekee, the presence of drills in MCNP was questioned due to its small population; but the results however proved that drills are still present in MCNP.

Ms Boekee equally stated that the camera traps reaffirmed one of the challenges MCNP is facing – trap hunting.

“We captured several animals on camera trap that were the unfortunate victims of hunter traps and sustained injuries. Such as a Duiker that was missing part of its fore-legs and elephants with injured trunks” Ms Boekee said.

However, she concluded that more exciting results are expected from the camera traps deployed in array 2 within MCNP.

“The camera traps are currently deployed in array 2, we are hoping for another set of exciting images upon completion” stated Ms Boekee.