Three years ago, I went on an expedition on Mount Kenya to resurvey mammals from an expedition Teddy Roosevelt led over 100 years ago. Around this time, we checked our first camera traps. During the trek, I hardly saw any mammals, only monkeys and a flash of a duiker or a bushbuck. Yet, camera traps tell a very different story. Camera traps are amazing because they are triggered by heat and motion, so whenever an animal walks by, it takes their photo. Here are some of my favorite photos from our trek to the top!
Central African Large-spotted Genet
2. Common Duiker
3. African Buffalo
5. Blue Monkey
6. Spotted Hyena
7. Slender Mongoose
8. Crested Porcupine
11. African Savanna Elephant
14. Common Eland
16. Rock Hyrax
Which photo is your favorite? Comment below!
If you ever get a chance to go to Mount Kenya, go!
Stephanie Schuttler is a wildlife biologist with 17 years of experience in mammal ecology and conservation, education, and outreach. Read her inspirational story, “My Unexpected Journey Into Science” to find out how she went from the daughter of a jeweler to a Ph.D. in wildlife biology. Feel free to contact Stephanie here.