Using camera traps, GPS tracking devices and a burrow-scope, Dr Okell and a research team are studying pangolins living close to camp. Particular individuals include Pamoja (Swahili for ‘together’), her baby Bahati (‘luck’), a young male adult who often gets himself into scrapes, and the elusive Houdini – his name says it all! They are all Temminck’s Ground Pangolins, one of the four species that live in Africa.
Nightly patrols and daily observations have shown the pangolins making use of multiple burrows, sharing with aardvarks, warthogs and porcupines. The research team have identified 264 different burrows over a habitat range of 8.5 square kilometres. Pangolins love to move house!
Guests of Sala’s Camp have been extremely lucky in recent years, with more sightings of pangolin than anywhere else in Kenya.