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Project update 14: Final report from Project Black Cloud

laurie_leopard The final trek is over, all of our cameras are in and the fieldwork for Project Black Cloud has, at last, come to a close. And it was just in time too! During December 2013, the floods that swept the east coast of the peninsula arrived in Kenyir, submerging the area under our house. In the forest, what had previously been innocent-looking streams rapidly turned into swollen rivers. The team managed to safely negotiate these, but sometimes needed the help of rattan ropes strung across the river. This one-year project in its current form comes to an official end as Laurie puts the finishing touches to his Master’s thesis – but fear not, we’re not done with Kenyir just yet. Read the rest of this entry

Publication update 9: A lonely snail

Reuben discovered the mysterious snail above in the forests of Kenyir, long ago. It may seem like just an ordinary snail, but to the trained eye of a malacologist (a biologist who specialises in molluscs), it didn’t look like anything he’d found before in Malaysia. In fact, certain distinguishing features set this snail apart from any other snail in Malaysia, so after a lot of research, Reuben and his friend Siong Kiat Tan set about describing it. They discovered that in fact, no other snails in Southeast Asia’s Sundaland shared the same distinguishing features! Not only is it a new species, it’s also a completely new genus! There’s also a possibility that it could be endemic to the Kenyir area.

They’ve named this strange lonely snail Kenyirus sodhii in honour of Kenyir, and also to honour the memory of Reuben’s late university professor and mentor, Prof. Navjot Sodhi. The New Straits Times featured an article about it on Monday (thanks, Sean Augustin!), which you can read here. Also, Read the rest of this entry

Photo update 5: What else is in the forests?

The Kenyir Wildlife Corridor is really teeming with mammals!

Here are more interesting mammal species caught on our camera traps in Kenyir’s forests. We have the king of the jungle, the Malayan tiger, heading our list of new species photocaptures. We have also included new photos of species that we featured earlier.

We have entered two of our photos in the international category of the 2011 Trailcampro trail camera photo contest. If you have the time, please vote for picture #53 or #54 in the International section here (if you prefer ours over the other nice wildlife photos of course). We stand to win a new camera trap to help augment our camera trap coverage in the corridor.

Thanks for your support!

New species photocaptures

Malayan Tiger (Panthera tigris)

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