Camera-trap data analysis

Sunday 24 September 2023

Recent advances in AI technology have enabled rapid analysis of vast amounts of camera-trap data. As with most computer/automated systems, the results are only as good as the attributes of the mathematic algorithms and quality and quantity of the data. We are collaborating with SmartParks and other experts to develop a reliable AI programme that can scan a set of camera-trap images and identify key features. With machine learning the AI program identifies people and wildlife species, and can separate them into numerous categories. more >>

Brown hyaena killed by vehicle at Möwe Bay

Tuesday 12 September 2023

Between 19h00 and 20h00 on 5 September 2023, Xhb-22 “Ella” was killed by a vehicle on the main road 2 km southeast of Möwe Bay Station (see photo). Xhb-22 was a breeding female of the Möwe Bay Clan and it is a tragic loss. She was fitted with a new GPS radio collar on 25 July 2023 more >>

Fieldwork: July / August 2023

Friday 1 September 2023

Severe weather conditions prevailed as strong east-winds up to 40 knots ripped through the Northern Namib. The Floodplain Pride was observed during the harsh conditions. They used thick vegetation, rock overhangs or caves for shelter against the sandstorms. more >>

Fieldwork: June / July 2023

Wednesday 23 August 2023

On 12 June 2023 the Hoanib Pride was located near Elephant Song. With assistance from Allu Kasupi, several members of Sesfontein Conservancy and Jason Nott from Ultimate Safaris, a sub-adult male lion was immobilized and fitted with a new satellite radio collar. The collar was fitted in anticipation that the 3-year old male will soon leave his natal pride. The male, Xpl-143, was named “Paratus” in acknowledgement of the sponsorship that DLC are receiving from Paratus Internet provider. more >>

The End of a Legend

Sunday 20 August 2023

Honouring a most reliable and functional research vehicle. The Desert lion population lives in an inhospitable area of roughly 50,000km2 that consists of rugged mountains, shifting sand dunes and gravel plains. A reliable research vehicle is without question the most essential and valuable item of the Project. Over the past 35 years the DLCT have had three vehicles that each made significant contributions to the long-term study. more >>

Orphan lionesses return to the coast

Tuesday 15 August 2023

After an absence of over two months, the Orphan lionesses and small female cub returned to utilise marine food items. Night observation were intensified and all food items were recorded. Biological samples were collected from all food they consumed. During several nights the lions were visited by the brown hyaena Xhb-18 “Bonnie”. more >>

Lion Coastal Activities

Thursday 27 April 2023

Several days were spent reconstruction the coastal movements and feeding on marine food items (mainly Cape fur seals) of lions that occurred during recent weeks. Biological samples were collected from the marine food items utilised by lions. more >>

New Research Vehicle – Service, Weighing & Improvements

Wednesday 19 April 2023

The new research vehicle, named “Joey”, spent three weeks in Windhoek for its first major service. Brian Kibble of Safari Engineering and Ultimate Safaris continued their exceptional work on the vehicle and attended to several improvements and repairs. See example of modification design sketch and end result. more >>