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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Photo update 3: My first, but definitely not the last, time to Kuala Terengganu

This time around, we’re happy to feature an extra-special update for you…one of our newest volunteers, Miss Chan Xiu Li, made a trip aaall the way from Singapore to visit the Rimba research station in Kampung Basung, Terengganu. She’s documented her experience and impressions in the form of a photo-essay. We thought Xiu Li’s photos were so compelling, they had to be put up on our website! Read on to find out about Xiu Li’s volunteer experience!

(All photos copyrighted to Chan Xiu Li. Words on the photos are quotes taken from Alphabeat’s ‘Into The Jungle’).

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Photo update 2: Feathered friends of Kenyir!

Did you know that nine species of hornbills can be found in the forests near Lake Kenyir? We’ve only seen five species so far and photographed three, but that’s only because we’ve been busy looking at the ground for mammal tracks.

Did you know that the world’s fastest bird, the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), passes by Kenyir on its migratory route? It came and went so fast we couldn’t get a photo (yet)!

We’ve decided to pay tribute to the 230 bird species that have been recorded in the forests near Lake Kenyir by giving you an update of birds recorded during birding trips and mammal surveys in the Kenyir Wildlife Corridor Project.

Here are two little appetisers which show you what to expect if you visit us at our field station in Kenyir.

Great Slaty Woodpecker (Mulleripicus pulverulentus)
Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros)

We welcome corrections to our identifications as we’re still fledgling birders. This is a great place for hornbill research so if you have any ideas, let’s talk! Please scroll down the list for the rest of the ‘main course’: Continue reading