Clouded Leopard Camera Trap Database
Since 2012, WildCRU has carried out an extensive camera trapping survey across Southeast Asia, consisting of more than 6 million camera-trap images, from 11 countries – India, Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia (Peninsular and Sabah), Indonesia (Sumatra and Kalimantan), and with collaborators contributing further to the database from Bhutan, Malaysia and Thailand – and including close to 100 vertebrate species
The camera trap data informs range-wide species conservation planning for clouded leopard by underpinning our multi-scale habitat models to understand how clouded leopards are responding to their environment and what spatial scales are important for key components. We have identified core habitat and connectivity corridors and ranked remaining habitat patches for conservation prioritization for the entire ranges of the mainland and Sunda clouded leopard, Neofelis nebulosa and N. diardi.
During 2019 and early 2020 we hosted an intern programme to give people an opportunity to learn a variety of skills linked with camera trapping for conservation whilst consolidating and standardising WildCRU’s clouded leopard camera trap database.
‘Saving Ula Muda’, Malyasia
With collaborators in Malaysia, combining nine different surveys including WildCRU’s Ulu Muda survey, we were able to assess the suitability of forest patches across the whole of Peninsular Malaysia for supporting clouded leopard populations. In Ulu Muda, we conducted research on the spotted leopard and clouded leopard from 2014-2016. This is one of the last remaining unprotected forests of Peninsular Malaysia and despite its high biodiversity and its importance as a water catchment, it was plagued by illegal logging. We created a video “Saving Ulu Muda” to showcase our research and the importance of Ulu Muda and coupled this video with a petition which gained over 102,000 signatures. One month after the petition was sent the government, all logging permits at Ulu Muda were revoked.