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WWF Malaysia - Camera Trapping Study in Pedu Forest Reserve

Editorial Supplied by WWF Malaysia

Ulu Muda Forest Complex comprises of 8 different forest reserves under the management of Kedah Forestry Department and encompasses an area of approximately 164,000 hectares.

The largest of the forest reserves within the forest complex is Ulu Muda Forest Forest Reserve, which covers approximately 64% of the forest complex. Hence, the reason the forest complex is named after Ulu Muda.

In 2020, WWF-Malaysia conducted a camera trapping study within the Ulu Muda Forest Reserve (UMFR). During this study, the research team captured the presence of wildlife and signs of illegal activities (which were then reported to the authorities). The consolidated checklist shows 66 species of non-volant (land-based) mammals, of which 36% are listed as threatened under the IUCN Red List. Among the threatened species are Asian elephant, Malayan tapir, Siamang, and Clouded leopard.

Sanrix Paper is proud to work with WWF-Malaysia on the continuation of the camera trapping study which was also expanded to Pedu Forest Reserve. This initiative aims to explore and assess the wildlife diversity in this little-known forested area and to collaborate with government agencies to develop policies and action plans to protect the forest complex from illegal activities within the area.

Stage 01 - 2022

Approvals from authority and Recce. Setup of camera traps, re-visiting camera traps, replace/relocate camera traps, first progress report.

Stage 02 - 2022

Revisiting camera traps, retrieval of camera traps, data entry & organisation, second progress report.

Stage 03 - 2023

Deploy camera traps to new locations (unexplored area), retrieve camera traps, complete data entry & organisation.

Stage 04 - 2024

Final evaluation report for key stakeholders to review for the upcoming phase.

Project Updates

Update 02: September 2022

Thus far, 21 species of non-volant mammals have been detected via camera traps.

Update 01: March 2022

A total of 6 men were involved in the fieldwork for 6 days. The field team trekked about 35 km to deploy...