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Project Update 02: September 2022
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WWF Malaysia - Camera Trapping Study in Pedu Forest Reserve
From May-August 2022, a total of 80 man-days required to trek 91.5 km to deploy, inspect and to retrieve camera traps from 15 locations.
Two boats and a four-wheeled drive vehicle were used to assist the field team for logistic purpose. The field trips provide alternative/additional income to local boatmen and guides hired for the purpose of research work.
The field team trekked about 35 km to deploy camera traps at 9 locations. Apart from trekking, transportation such as four-wheeled drives and boats were used to access these areas. The field trip was successfully completed without any casualties.
Early Findings: Wildlife Diversity
Thus far, 21 species of non-volant mammals have been detected via camera traps.
Among the noteworthy endangered species which were detected were Asian elephant, Sunda pangolin, Sambar deer, Malayan sun bear, Clouded leopard, pig-tailed macaque and Sambar deer.
Early Findings: Threats
In terms of threats, the field team came across a couple of locations with old bullet case which shows poaching activity in the past. A few abandoned campsites were also noted by the team.
A total of three camera traps that were deployed by the research team found to be stolen, suspected by poachers that want to avoid their activity from being recorded by our camera traps.
Field biologist conducting walk test to ensure the camera trap is set to suitable height and angle to detect wildlife.
Field biologist recording data.
Local guide disappointed to discover the damaged condition of one of the camera trap
Old bullet case found on the 23rd of August 2022.
One of the location where a camera trap was stolen.
Engagement With Agencies
The information on poaching was handed over to the Kedah Utara District Forestry Department via a brief report. The information was also passed to the Department of Wildlife & National Parks (DWNP) of Kedah state. Apart from passing the report, WWF-Malaysia also requested a meeting and a presentation was made to share the findings on wildlife and threats in the area.
Handing over relevant reports to DWNP Kedah after a sharing session on studies conducted in the landscape (17th Aug 2022)