When the footsteps of the tea pluckers recede in our tea estates, they are replaced by pawprints and claw marks of diverse species that call our tea gardens their home. Dilmah Conservation set up camera traps to document these species.
Camera traps have revolutionized traditional wildlife surveys. Animals identified by the camera trapping data can also be used to estimate animal density and population size, which is important in effectively managing wildlife populations. Over time the tea gardens have woven into the rich biodiversity of the forest reserves and provided an extended home for species that prefer the open and cool landscapes they provide. Since camera traps are not invasive, the images show these species relaxing in their natural environment.
Dilmah Conservation collaborated with the Tropical Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) as a technological resource party and the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka for this project.