Rare wildlife caught on camera in Borneo wildlife corridor17/09/2012 09:01:02 Camera trap proves how vital Borneo wildlife corridor is for large species
A corridor of forest between two fragments of the Sanctuary has been monitored for more than 18 months using camera traps. The results have captured a rich biodiversity that exists within this segment of forest.
27 mammal species including very rare otter civet
These images support their preliminary findings that these animals rely on forest corridors for moving between forest patches. "Interestingly, we captured a lot of pictures of arboreal primates such as orangutans, proboscis monkeys and langurs (including the very rare Hose's langur) on the ground. It probably demonstrates that there is a lack of tree connection," explained Dr Benoit Goossens, Director of DGFC.
High mammal diversity
During this programme, researchers are also monitoring the populations of Malayan sun bear and Sunda clouded leopard in the area. "Several individuals have been already identified, and we will soon start to track these cats and bears and attach satellite collars on them to learn about how they use this highly fragmented landscape. It will then increase the conservation prospects for the two species and lead towards an action plan for each of them," concluded Dr Goossens.
The programme forms part of the collaboration between the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) and Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) to further scientific research with the aim of contributing to long-term conservation projects in the area.