Camera traps

Biodinâmica held a training in the use of camera traps

Last June 3rd, Biodinâmica’s team went to Pemba–Metuge district, to do some fieldwork training on methods of fauna assessment and also to get some scientific knowledge of the area.

The methodology used for this field work was the camera trap, which is a sampling method that makes use of cameras placed on a support (usually trees), to make monitoring studies of wildlife in a certain area.

Cameras are positioned in a clearing zone, usually in a bush or a forest area, and preferably so as to make diurnal and nocturnal records, since it is during the night, in the case of mammals, that their activity increases. The recording is done through a motion sensor, and the equipment can be programmed to record occurrences through photographs and/or videos.

Moreover, this technique may be associated with the use of a bait to attract animals to reach the camera area.

During the fieldwork it was possible to provide training to Biodinâmica’s technicians in order to set up camera traps. At the end, 4 cameras were placed in different areas.

In total, it was possible to record 6 species in video and photo, namely a dark-capped bulbul  (Pycnonotus tricolor), a west African boubou (Laniarius major), a common slender mongoose (Herpestes sanguinea), a rusty-spotted genet (Genetta maculata), and an elephant-shrew (Petrodomus tetradactylus or Rhynchocyon cinei).

Biodinâmica has specific equipment for camera trapping and conventional trapping (Sherman traps), to undertake services of Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring throughout all Mozambique, especially in the north of the country.