We thought now would be a good time to provide a summary of what Habitat ID has been up to so far in 2014. We began with our planned 2-week camera-trapping expedition in Cambodia’s Virachey National Park (see photos here), and this will be an ongoing project for the foreseeable future. Upon his return from Cambodia, Habitat ID field coordinator Greg McCann published articles about the potentials of “camera-trap ecotourism” on Travelfish and Mongabay, arguing the case that ecotourists can pay for the privilege of helping rangers service camera-traps that are set up deep inside of national parks. In this way, the costs of sending a team out into the forest to check on the cameras by the ecotourists, and these trekkers can also download copies of some of the camera-trap photos onto their smartphones or other mobile devices. They get to do a trek in the jungle, help support a new conservation initiative, and they also get a rare glimpse of the rare wildlife that is prowling around when people aren’t around. A win-win-win situation!
We will soon be having a fundraising party in Chicago so that we can have all of our Virachey cameras serviced at least one time before the start of the rainy season. And the money that we raise will also go to a new project that will want to begin in Thailand (more details about that project will be published in the coming months).
The wildlife of Southeast Asia is suffering under unprecedented pressure from habitat loss, hunting, logging, and human encroachment, but now is not the time to give up. In fact, it’s now or never for wildlife of this region. Help Habitat ID make this year become a turning point for the region.