Camera Trap Project
The Sabangau Felid Project is a collaborative project between the Wildlife Conservation research Unit (WildCRU) in the University of Oxford and OuTrop. We are asking key questions about felid density and abundance in this under-studied habitat, investigating the threats to felids and mitigating these through work with local communities. This is the first long-term, intensive camera-trapping study of clouded leopards and other felids in Indonesian peat-swamp forest. Our research has confirmed that Sabangau supports populations of four of the five Bornean cats, including the largest predator on Borneo, the clouded leopard; plus the flat-headed and marbled cats, photographed for the first time in peat-swamp forest.
Between 2008 and 2010, the team captured 29 photos of leopard cats (at least 8 males and 5 females), 9 photos of flat-headed cats (unknown sex, one kitten) and 3 photos of marbled cats (1 male and 1 unknown sex). Using these data, we estimate a population density of of 2.75 clouded leopards / 100 km2 in the mixed-swamp forest habitat sub-type in Sabangau, with overlapping male territories. Extrapolation gives an estimate of 154 clouded leopards throughout the Sabangau mixed-swamp forest. More data are being collected for the low-pole and tall-interior habitat sub-types in this forest matrix.