Rio Plátano Biosphere Reserve Camera Trap Survey

The Rio Plátano Biosphere Reserve (RPBR) in Honduras covers 8,300 square kilometres of land and few studies have systematically documented the large mammals within the reserve.  Camera traps were set along the Sikre River, which runs through RPBR, for 2,040 nights, recording a total of 116 animal sightings.

The animals photographed included:

  • Baird’s tapir;
  • Central American agouti (a seed-eating rodent);
  • the white-nosed coati (an omnivorous mammal related to the raccoon);
  • giant anteater;
  • puma (also known as cougars or mountain lions); and
  • ocelot.

Three other cats – jaguar, jaguarundi, and margay – were detected through observation, scat, and pug marks but were not recorded on the camera traps.

For further details and pictures, please visit the Mongabay web site.

Puma on camera trap in Honduras. Photo by: Franklin E. Castañeda.

Puma on camera trap in Honduras. Photo by: Franklin E. Castañeda.

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