Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 17th, 2008
These remarkable photographs of this elusive rainforest mammal tell us that sometimes trailcams do work.
What does a living fossil look like via a trailcam, initially? First, therefore, a blobokapi must be shared.
These are the first photographs of the elusive okapi in the wild by camera trap. They were taken by the Zoological Society of London’s team (in conjunction with the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation) in the Watalinga forest, north of the Virunga National Park in the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The last official sighting in the area was nearly 50 years ago. But a survey in 2006 by conservation group WWF found their tracks on the west bank of the Semliki River, in the park’s northern sector. Now these new pictures confirm that the okapi is actually there.