We now have the memory cards for all 11 of our camera-traps that we placed in Cambodia’s Virachey National Park earlier this year. The images you see below (and we are still holding back on releasing a few) were taken in just 11 weeks of shooting -a fairly short amount of time. And yet the results are thrilling! We have what is probably the first ever photographic record of a Chinese Serow (Capricornis milneedwardsii) in Northeastern Cambodia, as well as a rare photo of an Asian Black Bear (Ursus thibetanus). In addition, we have a mysterious civet cat, one which may very well be new to science (see photo titled Mysterious Civet below) which has a single white band near the tip of its tail. According to Charles M. Francis’ definitive A Field Guide to the Mammals of Southeast Asia, there are no known civets with this tail pattern! These photographs prove that not only is Virachey brimming with wildlife, but it’s still full of surprises and that it needs to be protected! Click on the photos to enlarge.
The cameras will remain in the park throughout the summer and checked again in the Fall at the conclusion of the rainy season. We also plan to launch another camera-trapping exedition in early 2014 to the little-visited Yak Yeuk Grasslands near the Laos border, which we explored in 2013. In the meantime, we would like to thank Vuykeo Nhuy, Sou Soukern, Soukhon Thon, and Chou Sopheak from Virachey National Park for their invaluable help and cooperation on this project. We also want to thank Keith Pawlowski, Kurt Johnson, and Andreas Neunert for their contributions on this project. This project could not have happened without the help of the people mentioned above, and from all those who donated to our project
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