Since we got back most of us have been spending the majority of our time going through and analysing the data collected while we were in Bolivia. Personally I’ve been looking through the mammal data. This includes nocturnal transect data, incidental tracks and sightings data, and the most exciting part (I think), the camera trap photos and videos. There’s still a lot to go through with a grand total of 25,199 photos and videos to go through but here are a few of the best so far.
The marsh deer has been seen much more frequently in the last couple years than when the expedition first started going to the reserve. This encouraging as the reserve is out with any of the other areas in which the deer is found. The Pampas cat is another species rarely seen in the area with its name only added to the species list in 2012 this year we had one incidental sighting and we’ve managed to capture one on camera in the newest part of the reserve which is really great news as this area is still currently being ranched.
There have been a few different cats found in the reserve over the years, this year being no exception with several shots of ocelot being found throughout the reserve as well as the pampas cat. I’m still hoping for some good images of a puma and if we’re really lucky a jaguar as well.
The Giant Anteater was one of the very first animals any of us saw in the reserve as it strolled into camp 15 minutes after our arrival. They also strolled past a number of our camera traps with this scruffy guy 200m from camp.
To finish off here is a picture of our resident Maned wolf. They are very unique to the area and are not very closely related to any other mammals on the planet. We spent a lot of our time keeping an eye out for one with a single sighting on one of the very last transects of the project.This guy has been spotted many times and has been identified by his lack of tail but this year we also had another individual complete with a tail.