Project update 12: All creatures great and small

Since the last update, things have been steadily progressing with the Black Cloud team in Kenyir. After a month’s rest since the first round of data retrieval, we have been visiting the cameras again, making the journey in a record total of just 3 weeks this time. The trails are more familiar and we’ve managed to work out new routes so things have been running smoothly!

A curious clouded leopard
A curious clouded leopard. © Laurie Hedges / Rimba

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Project update 11: First data retrieval for Project Black Cloud

Things have been a bit quiet here on the home front as Reuben has been frantically wrapping up his PhD, and Laurie has been knee-deep (sometimes literally!) in camera-trapping. But finally,  after quite a bit of a lull, we now have a new project update to share with you! Laurie reports from the field.

© Laurie Hedges / Rimba
© Laurie Hedges / Rimba

After trekking through the forests of Kenyir for the past month, all the camera traps have finally been visited, and the photos they have been quietly collecting for the past two months have been viewed in the first data retrieval for Project ‘Black Cloud’. The results could not have been more positive!

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Photo update 4: What’s in the forest and what’s under the bridge?

Here’s a long overdue photo update on the species of mammals photographed by our Reconyx camera traps in the Kenyir Wildlife Corridor Project.

While other camera traps used by our friends in WWF-Malaysia have flash that captures award-winning photos of wildlife and allow you to identify animal individuals to get density estimates, covert cameras such as ours may decrease the likelihood of your camera being destroyed by irritable elephants or encroachers who want souvenirs – it all depends on the objective of your study. In this project, we are mainly interested to know the species present in the forests and the species utilising viaducts over fixed time periods.

Fortunately, these camera traps are password-protected and have built-in cameras that would be of no use to a thief. Our cameras have been out for 3 months in the forests and we are happy to report the cameras retrieved so far were healthy and dry. Here are photos of several interesting species recorded from the forests and beneath the viaducts. Enjoy!

Interesting mammals recorded in forests

Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) © Rimba – Acik, Dahar, Paul, Reuben and William

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