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Camera Trap Sites
Throughout the week the team visited all of the Athi-Kapiti Ranches and the Salama focal site for their respective studies. Erica will begin the camera trapping next week.
Erica is all set to begin the camera trap study. She has worked out the logistics of the bait being used for testing and the locations for the trap sites.
Salim Mandela will be working with Erica for the next three months. The sites identified are the ones that the local herders, researchers and tourist operations for the area have stated as the most frequently visited cheetah sites. Erica and Mandela will search a radius around the traps each week to check for fresh tracks to see if the cheetahs are in the area, but not being attracted to the sights, sounds or smells that she is offering.
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