Publication update 11: All about tapirs

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Reuben’s and Sheema’s latest publications are all about the Asian Tapir (Tapirus indicus). Compared to its New World counterparts, the only tapir species to be found in the Old World is relatively poorly studied. Despite its striking appearance, its distribution in Peninsular Malaysia is still largely based on guesswork rather than in-depth, long-term research. Scientists have also been unable to get an accurate idea of its population size.

These two papers published in Integrative Zoology aren’t part of Rimba’s work though; they’re the product of a research collaboration led by WWF-Malaysia that is the first attempt in the country to identify tapir individuals based on their specific black-and-white markings. Continue reading

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Photo update 6: Kinship in Kenyir

Here’s a photo update devoted to kinship in the Kenyir Wildlife Corridor. There’s no better way to start off our tribute than our first photocapture of dhole (Asiatic wild dog) in our project site. These amazing creatures remind us that we should all take some time off to bring that special someone for a walk in the woods…

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Photo update 5: What else is in the forests?

The Kenyir Wildlife Corridor is really teeming with mammals!

Here are more interesting mammal species caught on our camera traps in Kenyir’s forests. We have the king of the jungle, the Malayan tiger, heading our list of new species photocaptures. We have also included new photos of species that we featured earlier.

We have entered two of our photos in the international category of the 2011 Trailcampro trail camera photo contest. If you have the time, please vote for picture #53 or #54 in the International section here (if you prefer ours over the other nice wildlife photos of course). We stand to win a new camera trap to help augment our camera trap coverage in the corridor.

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New species photocaptures

Malayan Tiger (Panthera tigris)

For the rest of the photos… Continue reading