The North Carolina Zoo continues to monitor predators on the 1,000 acres of undeveloped forest land surrounding the developed area of the Zoo. This research project has given us a better understanding of both the species and the abundance of mammals living in the Zoo’s forested lands. Camera traps in several locations have captured images of deer, turkeys, raccoons and opossums, as well as of local predators like coyotes and even a bobcat.
Here’s a selection of photos captured with the camera traps:
While the research results have not yet been formally analyzed, preliminary evidence suggests that some wildlife, like deer for example, use the Zoo’s hiking trails less as human use increases. This finding has implications for the proposed design of trails within wildlife corridors on Zoo grounds, and opens up another field of investigation the will depend on the cameras. We are also interested in finding out whether wild animals interact with the Zoo animals; to learn more about this question, we have placed some cameras along the outside of the red wolf propagation area and alongside the fence at the African Plains.