As far as predators are concerned, the Chobe National Park is well known for its lion sightings – these enigmatic carnivores roam the riverfront, often following the large buffalo herds that come down onto the river floodplains for their daily drink. In addition to lions, spotted hyena and leopard also frequent the riverbanks, but are less obvious to visitors due to their nocturnal habits.
In an effort to survey these large predators, we supported WildCRU’s Trans-Kalahari Predator Programme in setting up a large-scale camera trap survey across the Chobe riverfront. This survey has confirmed the presence in good numbers of lion, leopard and spotted hyena. But, perhaps most surprisingly, we have also frequently captured pictures of brown hyena.