The many mammals that live in the forest have been busy – we have a new Video “Best Camera trap photos from 2012” and new publications… Over the next few months, OuTrop is trying to communicate what the Sabangau forest is really like!
We watch the primates go to sleep and Susan Cheyne has put this data to perfect use, in Sleeping Site Selection by Agile Gibbons: The Influence of Tree Stability, Fruit Availability and Predation Risk (Cheyne, S.M. ; Höing, A. ;
Our camera trap project is ever growing and generates a LOT of data, hence new evidence discussed here, in Predation by Mammalian Carnivores on Nocturnal Primates: Is the Lack of Evidence Support for the Effectiveness of Nocturnality as an Antipredator Strategy? (Burnham, D. ; Bearder, S.K.
Both these publications appear in a special edition of Folia Primatologica of which Susan Cheyne (OuTrop Director) is a co-editor.
For our productive camera trap project, 2012 was a great year! We’ve been able to produce a film on YouTube of the best shots – Susan tells us more about the project and gives the link to the video here…
“The 4 provinces of Kalimantan (Indonesia) represent 75% of the island of Borneo but have received little attention in terms of felid conservation. This issue was highlighted at the 1st Borneo Carnivore Symposium (held in Kota Kinibalu in June 2011). Indonesian Borneo is seeing one of the largest rates of deforestation for plantations, logging and mining and while the orang-utan is a flagship species for the conservation of forests, it has very different ecological needs from felids. This project will attempt to redress the lack of data by surveying 8 sites over 2 years across all of Indonesian Borneo covering different habitat types, different management regimes and different sizes to gain a more complete picture of the distribution, densities and conservation threats to the 5 Bornean cats. This is the first time a project of this scale has been attempted and a large group of collaborators will be involved to ensure that the sites chosen have maximum potential for conservation and for providing more data on these felids…
|An example of some the OuTrop camera trap photos – full of information!|
We now have the best snaps of 2012 for you to enjoy , just click here!
The OuTrop cat research began in 2008 and aims to facilitate the conservation of Borneo’s endangered wild cats by merging pioneering ecological research, host country capacity building and environmental education within Indonesia. Our expanded research activities which began in 2012 will provide an insight into the relative abundance of each species, and the impacts of various forest management practices on these little known felids – information which is essential to facilitate the development of effective management and conservation measures. This initiative is currently the only research project focusing on the ecology of Borneo’s wild cats in Indonesian Borneo. Additionally this project is now the longest running felid and prey project in Indonesian Borneo and we hope that with funding to continue this important project in the long-term (>3 years) we can make a significant contribution to the understanding of these elusive and charismatic species as well as facilitating training and capacity building for local scientists and communities.”