A research team comprised of members from the Environment Ministry, Wildlife Conservation Society and local communities has set up camera traps in Phnom Tbeng National Heritage Park in Preah Vihear province.
Mao Khean, WCS’s wildlife research project coordinator in the Northern Plains of Cambodia, said yesterday that the team set up 24 camera traps so they can better understand small to medium-sized mammal species living there.
“We started our work on December 11 and finished setting up the cameras on December 14,” he said. “We expect to find a lot of species there.” Mr Khean said the team was divided into three groups and travelled to predetermined locations to set up the cameras.
“During the survey, we saw that the park is very beautiful and has many natural waterfalls that can potentially support ecotourism project development in the future,” he said. “The results from the study will be useful for conservationists to better develop a plan to conserve these wild animals.”
The research team will keep the cameras in place for two months and will go to collect them in mid-February, he noted.
“It was not easy, but not difficult either for us to put the cameras at those places in the park. We had to carry the equipment and climb up the mountain,” he said.
According to a WCS report, the park contains some of the last remaining evergreen and semi-evergreen forest habitats in northern Cambodia and is of high importance for wildlife conservation.
Numerous wildlife species including pileated gibbons, bears and Indochinese silvered langurs are known to exist in the park; its forests also ensure a supply of freshwater to surrounding communities.
However, continued illegal hunting and logging is placing the forests under considerable pressure. The park covers about 25,269 hectares, was established in 2016 and forms a key component of the upper watershed of the Stung Sen River, a tributary of the Tonle Sap lake.