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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.
Approvals from authority and Recce. Setup of camera traps, re-visiting camera traps, replace/relocate camera traps, first progress report.
Revisiting camera traps, retrieval of camera traps, data entry & organisation, second progress report.
Deploy camera traps to new locations (unexplored area), retrieve camera traps, complete data entry & organisation.
Final report drafted and completed. Socialisation of the study findings to authorities.