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VIDEO Camera trap project Meerdaalwoud (Belgium) 2014

The camera traps that were placed in Meerdaalwoud last spring (February-May 2014) shot quite some interesting images. A compilation of those images has been put together in this short video.

Jimma zone travel guide

Another Ethiopia-related project! We created a concise travel guide based on our personal experiences in the lesser-known and therefore less touristic south-west of Ethiopia. Are you planning on travelling through Ethiopia and you are interested in ecotourism? Then this short guide might give you some ideas on what to see and where to go.

Update from Beleta-Gera – Ethiopia

The large mammal project is still up and running. The camera traps will soon be relocated a second time. During the first month, numerous mammals (and birds) have already been very photogenic, including these two magnificent creatures.

The shining guest ant – Third observation in Flanders

The shining guest ant (Formicoxenus nitidulus) is threatened with extinction according to the Flemish red list. Our observation of this species in Zoersel is the third in Flanders. These small ants (2-3 mm) are only found in and around nests of their hosts: red wood ants. Since red wood ants (of which 4 species occur in Belgium) are already relatively rare and protected, their guests suffer the same fate.

Update Expedition Beleta Gera – Ethiopia

The first month of our fieldwork in Ethiopia has passed. The amphibians are enjoying the rainy season and croak abundantly in both natural and not-so-natural habitats. Most reptiles hid themselves quite well for now, but we’ll find them eventually. Our first expedition to the Gera forest has ended and was fruitful to say the least. The camera traps are in place and the first results look promising! We’ll keep you updated.

New Pico Bonito expedition species

Tijdens deze expeditie (juni 2013) door het voorlopig nog onverstoorde regenwoud werden verschillende voor de wetenschap nieuwe soorten gevonden, waaronder een kikker- en salamandersoort.

A new expedition! Belete-Gera, Ethiopia

This area is known as the origin of the wild Arabica coffee. This area is under a considerably high threat due to population growth and rising demands for land, coffee and wood. Nonetheless, the forest is situated within the “UNESCO Eastern afromontane biodiversity hotspot” due to its rich fauna and flora with many endemic species.