Dr Tara Pirie
Dr Tara Pirie is a postdoctoral researcher at Reading University and ILR head of research. Dr Pirie lead our leopard research program on the Thaba Tholo wilderness reserve 2012-2015. During that period, Tara conducted research into leopard behaviour and dynamics within the reserve as part of her Phd from Reading University in the United Kingdom. Tara was the inspiration for our very successful Camera Trapper program. As a senior member of the INGWE leopard research team Tara continues to be involved in our work in a consultancy role for our research programs.
RESEARCHER - Carys Palmer BSc (Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve)
Carys Palmer co-ordinates our research in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, South Africa. Carys studied BSc Zoology at Reading University in the UK, which included a range of subjects such as behavioural ecology, anatomy and physiology, and conservation biology. As part of her degree, she travelled to Madagascar in the summer of 2013, to assist with research into the conservation of the islands wildlife. It was during this time that Carys further developed a passion for wildlife conservation. During the summer of 2014, she spent six weeks on Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve collecting data for her final year dissertation, which focused on the importance and conservation of leopards in unprotected areas of Southern Africa. After graduating in July 2015, Carys was thrilled to return to Thaba Tholo to join the INGWE Leopard Research team and contribute to the efforts of the team in protecting Africa's leopards.
RESEARCHER - Elliott Evans BSc Hons (WildRivers Nature Reserve)
Elliott Evans is a based at the WildRivers Nature Reserve, Limpopo, South Africa where he is responsible for local field work associated with leopard research within the Lowveld.
INGWE Leopard Research is extending its research network with three objectives:
• Increased research data from different habitat types and land usage.
• Support landowners and or local tourism initiatives
• Encourage wildlife education.
Our aim is to support landowners, reserves and associated tourism operations, by providing research scientists and camera traps. Also to train local staff, service camera traps and co-ordinate predator research in association with the landowner. The data and photographs that we gather as part of our research are made available to landowners and reserve/lodge managers in the form of a monthly research report as well as a selection of the best photographs. This meets our two key objectives of gathering more data and supporting local sustainable tourism initiatives.
Other research programs
INGWE Leopard Research offers support to other research projects in a number of ways:
• Supply of camera traps. We have developed relationships with camera trap manufacturers and buy camera traps at wholesale prices. We can offer these to research programs at cost price.
• We are happy to accommodate visiting researchers at our research base to gain an understanding of our research techniques.
• As part of our work, we gather data on a wide variety of species. Much of this species dependant data is not directly relevant to our work in leopard research. However we catalogue this data and are happy to share it with research programs and institutes.
Wildlife Education - Local schools
We regularly visit local schools to provide support in terms of conservation education. In addition we invite selected groups of pupils from schools that are local to our main research base, to visit our home reserve to understand more about our work and wildlife conservation in general.
Wildlife Education - Schools and Universities outside of South Africa
We are happy to liaise directly with schools and universities around the world and offer access to our camera trapper system and research team. INGWE CEO Will Fox regularly provides lectures at Universities during regular visits to the UK.
Camera Trappers gives you the opportunity to be part of our team and to stay connected with wildlife in the African bush from wherever you live in the world. Not only will you be connected with Africa but you will also be supporting vital wildlife research aimed at conserving leopard numbers and other species. Join the On Track team of camera trappers and be part of our team.
So how does it work? As a Camera Trapper we value your contribution to our work and keep you up to date with our progress. Each month you will receive some of the best pictures from the camera traps that you are helping to fund, placed in the African bush.
Our leopard research team utilise an extensive network of camera traps placed on game reserves, but we need more cameras and to be able to maintain and service the existing stock. By increasing the number of cameras we can increase our research areas and collect more data to be able to provide sufficient information to model leopard behaviour and numbers.
By joining On Track Camera Trappers program you will be actively supporting INGWE Leopard Research, as well as enjoying some amazing wildlife pictures sent to you each month.
What is a camera trap? Camera traps are digital cameras that are set out along game trails in remote locations within our various research sites. These camera traps are triggered by movement and operate 24 x 7, secretly recording the movement of animals in the bush and recording their behaviour without need for human presence or disruption of nature.
Why do you use camera traps? We use the camera trap images to identify individual leopards from their unique coat patterns. Each leopards coat pattern (spots and rosettes) is just like a finger print i.e. unique to each individual. We have created identification kits (a series of photographs of each known leopard taken from various angles and sides) and it is by comparing the camera trap images to these ID kits, that we can determine if it is a known leopard and where and when it was located. In this way we can build up a picture of leopard movement, density and behaviour that is previously unknown.
Of-course we don’t just get images of leopards any and all wildlife species that pass the cameras are pictures. From antelope to monkeys and predators to birds.
This information can then be shared with governing bodies to assist them in credible and accurate decision making for the welfare of the species, as well as Universities.
Camera Trapper Annual membership £60 or $90
As a camera trapper member you will receive some of the best photographs taken by our cameras across several game reserves each month.
To become a Camera Trapper simply make payment by bank transfer or using a credit or debit card via Paypal. Please ensure that when paying via Paypal, you add your contact details when ordering, or alternately if paying via bank transfer please use your surname as the reference.
Once we receive payment then you will receive a confirmation email and thereafter our research team will place your camera out in the African bush at one of our research reserves. We will then be in touch to let you know to expect a monthly email with the best pictures from your camera.
If you wish to purchase a camera trapper membership as a gift, then simply order as above, then let us know and we’ll send you a gift certificate and also register the associated members contact details.
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Terms and Conditions
On Track Safaris operates the On Track Camera Trappers program in support of INGWE Leopard Research. All camera traps are the property of On Track Safaris and that company shall hold the copyrights for all photographs, which may not be reproduced without prior written permission. Please note, there is no guarantee as to the amount of pictures the camera will take or be sent, however 20-40 photographs is the average. We will endeavour to send you images every month, however if for operational reasons we are unable to send images in any particular month then you will not miss out, we will catch you up as soon as we can. The use of the camera shall remain the sole responsibility of the Ingwe Leopard Research for whatever purpose deemed necessary. Once a donation is received you will receive an email from the On Track Camera Trappers team to confirm membership. If you do not receive this notification within 10 working days of donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Camera Trappers membership is valid for 1 year from the date of the first picture taken with the camera. At the end of the year the membership can be renewed. Only cameras recommended by the Ingwe Leopard Research will be entered into the scheme.
By donating to join On Track Camera Trappers you are agreeing to the terms and conditions herein.