The Wildlife Conservation Society and Kyoto University of Japan have captured images of at least 30 different endangered mammals living in Preah Vihear province’s Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary.
In a statement released yesterday, WCS said a study conducted in conjunction with the university resulted in the collection of images of 30 critically endangered and endangered species in the sanctuary.
The animals captured using hidden cameras include critically endangered Sunda pangolins, endangered Asian elephants, the Indochinese silvered langurs, Eld’s deer, banteng, endangered large-spotted civets, vulnerable clouded leopards, gaurs, Asiatic black bears, sun bears, Northern pigtailed Macaques and others.
The sanctuary is located in the Northern Plains of Cambodia and is also the natural habitat of the critically endangered Giant Ibis and White-shouldered Ibis.
Ai Suzuki, lead author of the study from Kyoto University, said that the results confirm the importance of the sanctuary to ensure the survival of the endangered species.
“Importantly, the globally endangered large-spotted civet was the fourth most photographed species in the sanctuary,” said Ms Suzuki.
Alistair Mould, WCS’s Technical Advisor, said that WCS has been working with the Ministry of Environment to protect the area from logging and poaching.
“This unique area of forest represents both a vital habitat for globally endangered wildlife and is a natural wildlife corridor which together contribute to a critical part of the upper watershed catchment for the Stung Sen River,” he said.
Thong Sokha, an official at the Environment Ministry and a team leader with WCS, said that working groups often patrol the sanctuary to protect the endangered animals.
“Some villagers have home-made guns, and hunt some mammals such as the gaur and banteng,” he said. “We will continue our activity through camera traps every year in order to know the animals’ numbers.”