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A preliminary camera traps assessment of terrestrial vertebrates at different elevation gradients in Gunung Stong State Park, Kelantan, Malaysia

LO SHEA LING, NIK MOHD MASERI, KAMARUL HAMBALI, AAINAA AMIR

Abstract


As a preliminary mean of verifying their presence, composition and possible
distribution of terrestrial wildlife, camera trapping was conducted within the Gunung Stong State Park. Seven camera traps were placed at 7 different locations at different altitudes. They were placed for 2 months and 83 images were captured with 10 species identified. The most frequently photographed during the 63 day period were the wild boar (Sus scrofa), red muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak), plantain squirrel (Callosciurus caniceps), leopard cat (Pardofelis marmorata), binturong (Arctictis binturong), Malayan sunbear (Heliarctos malayanus), Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus), serow (Capricornis sumatraensis), Malayan pangolin (Manis javanica) and Malaysian field rat (Rattus tiomanicus). The largest number of images recorded was at Point 3 (468.5m), with 35 out of 83 images, near a camp site
frequented by hikers. The results are preliminary, but can be used as a baseline data for subsequent studies that could help in the management of Gunung Stong State Park.


Keywords


terrestrial vertebrates, camera trapping, altitudinal elevations, Gunung Stong State Park.

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