Pasoh Forest Reserve (10.01.2016 to 12.31.2016)

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Year: 
2016
Quarter: 
October - December
Communications activities: 

The TEAM project in Pasoh was exhibited during the annual Pasoh Open Day 2016 on 23-26 October 2016. A demonstration of how to use a camera trap attracted the interest of young visitors who consisted of locals from the surrounding area and invited foresters from forestry offices in the state.

Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

A rare video footage of a Panther (Panthera pardus) with a Dusky leaf monkey (Trachypithecus obscurus) in its mouth was caught at one of the camera traping site for another project collaboration, within the same TEAM location.

To the knowledge of the Pasoh team, this phenomenon (panthers preying on langurs/primates) has not been documented or observed before. Unfortunately, because the incident happened outside of the TEAM scheduled camera trapping season, the footage was not captured on TEAM cameras - but it is worth mentioning it here, although the footage cannot yet be released.

New Species: 

None

Protocol Activities: 

No scheduled protocol activities for teh final quarter of the year except the monthly climate data collection.

Protocol Problems: 

None.

Schedule Problems: 

None

Logistical Problems: 

None

Suggestions: 

A collaboraton with a Japanese institute to survey vertebrates in Pasoh Forest Reserve began early 2016. The cameras are left in operation throughout the year with batteries and memory card changes every four years. So far, it has produced more sightings/occurances of vertebrates and even new records, plus a rare predation occurance.

Although previous TEAM vertebrate sessons in the past years have produced interesting data, but the cameras are left idle for 8 months a year. Perhaps these cameras can be put to better use if the vertebrate protocol is prolonged to cover other seasonal changes and phenomenon like haze, mast flowering and monsoon.