Solar camera trap spotted wild animals of Chu Yang Sin National Park

By the end of March, the Community Conservation Team (CCT) had patrolled about 50 kilometers of the forest and obtained photos from previous patrols. From data gathered via in camera traps in core areas, the CCT observed many rare wildlife animals at Chu Yang Sin National Park.

The Community Conservation Team is checking image data

Camera trap installation  

To capture an informative image, the camera trap installation area must provide an unobstructed view from the photo trap to the picture capture point. Specifically, the area should have to be a highly biodiverse and suspect location where wildlife is known to pass, ensuring a high probability of capturing the moment wildlife in motion. However, all these factors must align with the project’s research objectives and methodologies to select the most appropriate area.

The CCT installed camera trap

Not only is the installation location important, the height of the camera trap is also a significant consideration. Typically, the ideal height for installing a camera trap is at a level parallel to the belt of installation personnel. However, depending on the specific objective of the survey, we may adjust the camera trap to an appropriate height for each goal

The time for photo collection is another important factor. The timing depends on various aspects, including patrol budget, patrol distance, machine storage capacity. For low-storage camera traps, photos should be taken about once every two months. However, the most ideal timing for image collection still depends on the specific conditions at the location of the camera trap and the budget allocated for the project. 

The Community Conservation Team is testing camera trap

Findings traces of endangered species in Yang Sin National Park

During the last forest patrol trip, the Community Conservation Team (CCT) captured images of several species, including the Lesser Mouse Deer, the Northern Pig-tailed Macaque, and some of the wild mice. These images provide clear evidence of the presence of rare animals in Yang Sin National Park.

Findings traces of endangered species in Yang Sin National Park

The results from the installation of camera traps in  Chu Yang Sin have  revealed significant insights into the presence of wildlife in the Yang Sin National Park. However, relying solely on these photographs to assess the biodiversity of the national park is insufficient. More studies and additional scientific evidence are required to provide a more thorough and accurate understanding of Yang Sin National Park's biological diversity.

In addition to finding traces from the camera traps, the CCT team has discovered numerous feces traces from species such as squirrels, primates, birds, and, recently, snake skins. Beside the images obtained from camera traps, the CCT has removed some animal traps. The  team hopes that the removal of these traps will aid in protecting wildlife from the risk of illegal hunting in Yang Sin National Park.

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