Thursday, August 19, 2010

On the Hose’s civet trail in Sarawak

THE Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is trying to track down the extremely rare Hose’s civet, which was photographed by camera traps in the Selaan-Linau Forest Management Unit (FMU) in upper Baram in the northern region.

“We are trying to find out where they are. Hose’s civets (Diplogale hosei) are found only in certain parts of Borneo and there are only two or three recordings of the species, including one in Brunei,’’ said WCS Malaysia Programme director Dr Melvin T. Gumal after the opening of a carbon offsets and forest conversation workshop at Wisma STA here yesterday.

The event was organised jointly by Sarawak Forestry Corporation and WCS Malaysia Programme.

Dr Gumal said that 10 images of Hose’s civets were recorded on cameras set in the Selaan-Linau FMU during a comprehensive wildlife survey which started six years ago.

He said that WCS could not determine the Hose’s civet population in the Selaan-Linau FMU, a logging concession managed by Samling Strategic Corporation.

A WCS publication said the Hose’s civet, which is endemic to the interior of Borneo, was one of the world’s least-known carnivores.

No protected area in Sarawak was known to hold a population of the rare species, which might be adapted to living in montane forests, it added.

“Its highly localised distribution implies it is a habitat specialist which may be under great threat. The basic factors likely to determine its long-term future are entirely unknown, making specific conservation measures impossible,’’ added the publication.

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