CIWY research projects

The CIWY research projects are back underway at WCC Ambue Ari. Over the last week 12 camera stations have been installed within areas thought to have a high likelihood of jaguar (Panthera onca) and ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) presence. These cameras will monitor activity levels by these two species until sufficient numbers of individuals are present within the reserve as to carry out CIWY’s third annual jaguar and ocelot population assessment. In the meantime, our 13 remaining cameras will be installed throughout the sanctuary across 105 locations, collecting data on the habitat preferences of some of Ambue Ari’s more cryptic wild species such as giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris), and jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi).

Back in September 2017, a new large adult male jaguar, Illyn, was observed several times within the eastern side of the sanctuary. Now, after only six days of our cameras being installed, he’s been observed again. Illyn has been spotted in two camera stations along the fire trail, in an area utilised by two of CIWY’s female jaguars. We look forward to being able to document his continued use of the reserve over the next months, although we hope that next time he makes his appearances slightly later in the day.

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Last year the team was privileged to be able to observe one of our resident female jaguars, Arya, travelling along with her new female cub, Hot Pie. Arya and Hot Pie appeared multiple times throughout the reserve over the course of a month, until one day Hot Pie disappeared, never to be seen again. We are very pleased to announce that during some routine camera testing and maintenance, Hot Pie has been observed alive and well several times, first travelling independently of her mother, and again two days later back by her mother’s side. After four months away from our cameras we look forward to watching as she grows bigger and stronger, hopefully joining her big sister Elia, and her mother Arya.

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Finally, we’d like to give a warm welcome to Antoine Dumortier. Antoine, 22 and from Belgium, first came to WCC Ambue Ari as a volunteer in December 2017, staying for one month. After leaving, Antoine missed the work and life at WCC Ambue Ari so much he returned, volunteering for a further five weeks. In April he returned for his third stay. For the next two to three months he will be working as a research assistant, learning how to plan out, conduct, and analyse camera trap surveys in order to estimate population numbers and habitat preferences of some of the charismatic wild species resident to WCC Ambue Ari, before embarking on his masters in Biodiversity and Tropical Environments at the University of Brussels in September 2018. Good luck Antoine, and bienvenue to the CIWY team.


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