10 July, 2012
First clouded leopard caught on camera in East Kalimantan
David Macdonald recently visited WildCRU's latest clouded leopard survey site in East Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo and returned with the first images caught on camera traps.
Led by Dr Susan Cheyne, assisted by Ewan Macdonald (WildCRU/ECI DPhil student) and with local project manager, Wiwit Juwita Sastramidjaja, three local field teams have worked tirelessly to deploy the first camera traps in Sungai Wain Protection Forest. Conditions are tough, and it's a days trek from the nearest village through dense vegetation before even reaching the Forest site where the network of cameras are carefully set out.
Their efforts form part of a larger WildCRU clouded leopard initiative in South East Asia and will contribute to a better understanding of clouded leopard distribution and dispersal, and ultimately to range wide strategic action planning.
Clouded leopard, Sungai Wain, E Kalimantan, Borneo
Sungai Wain team gathered around a camera trap station