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Early Camera-trap results

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Our camera-trap ecotourism scheme is off to a great start, with three trekkers recently making the trip to the Veal Thom Grasslands and D’dar Poom Chop waterfall camp on the Gan Yu River. We had five of our cameras serviced (see photos below), including four in the grasslands and one near D’dar Poom Chop. The photos you see below are a small sampling that were taken in just under six weeks -ample proof that Virachey is still full of wildlife! And bear in mind that we still have anothe six cameras located very deep in the forest near Laos that haven’t been checked yet:

a large Sambar deer rises from a wallowing hole in Veal Thom

a large Sambar deer rises from a wallowing hole in Veal Thom

red muntjac

red muntjac

 

a wild pig stops at the popular mud hole

a wild pig stops at the popular mud hole

Giant muntjac at the wallowing hole

Giant muntjac at the wallowing hole

 

Malayan porcupines

Malayan porcupines

 

The following shots come from a camera whose card was not brought back to town but left in the camera-trap. The ranger checked the card in a tourist’s camera and took a photo of the display screen. Next month we’ll have the originals:

a Malayan Sun Bear prowls the night

a Malayan Sun Bear prowls the night

a leopard cat near the Gan Yu River

a leopard cat takes an early morning stroll

another prickly porcupine

another prickly porcupine

could be a Leopard cat, a Jungle cat, or even a Marbled cat. We'll probably have to wait till we get the original photo before we can ID this mysterious cat

could be a Leopard cat, a Jungle cat, or even a Marbled cat. We’ll probably have to wait till we get the original photo before we can ID this mysterious cat

We also have photos of a large Civet cat -among others- but those are on the camera whose card was left in the trap. The next step is to have the rangers go into the forest on a 10-day trip to check all of our cameras. Another six cameras are positioned near the Laos border and no doubt they have been snapping away, “trapping” all kinds of denizens of the forest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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