Here is another exciting story from our inbox.

 

“Hi all,

I wanted to pass along what I understand to be a very exciting “discovery” in Silvermine Valley.  We captured a honey badger a few days ago, although it escaped as our cages are built for cats, not badgers(!) and the wire mesh is quite flimsy.  We found on film what escaped.  It is the first evidence we have of badger on cameras.  I’d be curious to know if you guys suspected/have knowledge of presence of badgers in the Peninsula?

 

We are quite excited as we have had cameras in many locations and this is the first evidence we’ve detected!

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This is the same location we have captured 3 caracals, and because the honey badger destroyed the trap, we removed the trap for one night for repair, and of course, another uncollared male caracal walked by the spot exceptionally curious.

 

If this is as exciting news for you guys as us, I think it underscores the value of having researchers on the ground longterm and regularly out there. That was definitely my experience in Los Angeles.

Kind regards,

Laurel Serieys

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Laurel E.K. Serieys, PhD

Biologist, Cape Leopard Trust

Post-doctoral researcher, University of California, Santa Cruz and University of Cape Town

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