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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Toolbox update 3: Extracting data from MakerNote

This one is for all you biologists using cameras or camera traps out here! Certain cameras and camera traps, such as those from Reconyx, now store much of the image data in binary format in MakerNote. Apart from the Date and Time, which are the most important information we need for data analyses, Reconyx camera trap pictures have additional information such as Temperature and Moon Phases (see below).

Reconyx camera trap photo of a Malayan Sunbear using a viaduct in the Kenyir Wildlife Corridor. © Rimba

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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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