Thank you Cotswold Outdoor!

Cotswold Outdoor equipment

HOSCAP Borneo would like to thank Cotswold Outdoor for kindly donating map-cases, dry-bags and all-weather notebooks for our team to take into the Bornean jungle. Special thanks to Zoe Averill for making it happen and for delivering the kit on her recent trip to East Malaysia. We really appreciate the support!

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Goodbye Sami Asad!

Sami's friendThe HOSCAP Borneo team would like to say a fond farewell to Sami Asad. Sami has been working for the organization since March 2013 and is our longest serving research volunteer. He has worked tirelessly in the field and city with great patience and a smile on his face. We hope that you enjoyed your time with HOSCAP Borneo and that you will take away many fond memories and stories from the experience. The team will certainly miss your optimism and your dedication to the project. Thanks for all of your hard work Sami. All the best for the future and we hope to see you back in Borneo one day!

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Goodbye Daniel!

DanielThe HOSCAP Borneo team would like to say a big thank you to Daniel Laird for his hard work in the field over the last few months. We hope that you enjoyed your time with HOSCAP Borneo and that you will take away many fond memories and stories from your time in the forest. We wish you all the best for your future travels and study.

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HOSCAP Borneo researchers rescue a pangolin

On the 16th July 2013, the HOSCAP Borneo research team encountered a pangolin trapped in a net at one of their research sites in the Sela’an Linau Forest Management Unit (FMU) in the Upper Baram region of Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo). The researchers freed the pangolin from the trap and examined the animal for injuries before releasing it in the forest. Although pangolins are listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and is listed as Protected in Sarawak, pangolins continue to be hunted due to the high value of their scales. The photos captured in this album show the release of this pangolin by HOSCAP Borneo researchers.

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Vote for your favourite HOSCAP Borneo photo now!

The following HOSCAP Borneo photos have been entered in the Trailcampro camera-trap photo contest… please vote for your favourite before the 18th August 2013!

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Vote for your favourite HOSCAP Borneo photo in the Trailcampro camera-trap photo contest.

To vote, click here and then type the number of your favourite HOSCAP Borneo photo in the International Picture box (Section 4).

Vote for one of the following:
# 13 Lucy Buckingham (Sun bear)
# 14 John Mathai (Muntjac)
# 15 Daniel Laird (Great Argus Pheasant)
# 16 Sami Asad (Bulwer’s Pheasant)

Voting will only take 2 minutes of your time but it could help us win a camera-trap to help with our research! Thank you!!

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A day in the life of a HOSCAP Borneo research volunteer by Sami Asad.

Sami Asad

“It was an early start but that wasn’t so bad this morning as I was woken up by the incredible sound of gibbons calling to each other not far from camp (followed by quirky Malaysian pop music, courtesy of one of our guides). The first of us to wake up were sitting by the fire sorting out breakfast and lunch for the day and having some impromptu English/Malay lessons when, all of a sudden, our two guides, Robert and Englai, spotted something on the forest floor. I turned around expecting to see a bearded pig or a Muntjac which we encounter quite regularly in the forest, only to find a masked palm civet poking through the undergrowth just 10 meters from camp! They’re normally shy and elusive animals and primarily nocturnal but he didn’t seem to notice us and just went about his business foraging through the leaf litter and wandered off. A good start to the day!

Eventually we set off lugging camera-traps, transect tapes and packed lunches into the forest to some of our more distant research points. The terrain here is stunning but no walk in the park. Traversing massive boulders and bashing through dense vegetation whilst dodging the occasional leech and horsefly… all in a day’s work. All was going well until we accidentally stumbled across a bees nest! Guides and researchers scatter in all directions to escape the angry swarm. Unfortunately, I wasn’t nearly as agile and at home in the forest as them, so in my haphazard escape, I stumbled into a hole, twisting my knee!

We all scrambled to safety, dusted ourselves off and continued on our way, none the worse for wear (for the most part). After about two hours we reached our points and spent the rest of the day placing our camera-traps as well as taking measurements such as tree DBH’s (diameter at breast height), canopy closure and photographs of the understory vegetation. It is tiring work but thoroughly rewarding and well worth the effort – these measurements will help HOSCAP Borneo understand the importance of these habitat variables on the presence of small carnivores in the area, with hopes of using this data to provide recommendations for small carnivore conservation management in forests that are to be harvested for timber.

After we fired up our last camera-trap, we made the trek back to camp arriving an hour or so later. We popped the kettle on the campfire and stowed away our equipment whilst I rested my leg which had been pretty sore since I fell into that hole after my run-in with the bees! An eventful day on all accounts, and injuries aside it was another day spent in one of the most spectacular places on earth, gaining hands-on research experience with a unique project. Plus, this morning, I saw a civet, so pretty fantastic!”

 

Sami Asad is one of the three research volunteers working with HOSCAP Borneo in the upper Baram, Sarawak, Malaysia. For the past 3 months, Sami has been carrying out habitat surveys and placing camera-traps as part of HOSCAP Borneo’s small carnivore occupancy study.

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The HOSCAP Borneo team says goodbye to Seth Wong

Seth Wong

Seth Wong

The HOSCAP Borneo team would like to say a big thank you to Seth Wong for all of his help over the last few months. We hope that you enjoyed your time with HOSCAP Borneo and that you will take away many fond memories and stories from your time in the forest. We wish you all the best for your next project and hope to see you back in Borneo in the near future. Thanks Seth!!

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New wildlife photos added to the HOSCAP Borneo website

The HOSCAP Borneo team has added a selection of wildlife photographs to the HOSCAP Borneo website. More than 17,000 photographs have been taken by our camera-traps since April 2012 – here is a small selection of photos taken so far!

To see more photographs taken by our camera-traps, please visit the Image page on the HOSCAP Borneo website.

All images © HOSCAP Borneo

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The HOSCAP Borneo volunteers take on the mighty Bornean rainforest (Sarawak, Malaysia).

The HOSCAP Borneo field team has been joined by three international volunteers – Daniel, Seth and Sami. Take a look at their journey so far!

All images © HOSCAP Borneo

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HOSCAP Borneo: A Photo Diary

A selection of photos taken by the HOSCAP Borneo field team in February and March 2013. More photos coming soon!

All images © HOSCAP Borneo

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Thanks Jerry!

The HOSCAP BoJerry Belantrneo team would like to say a big THANK YOU to our advisor, Dr Jerrold L. Belant, for all his support. The team really appreciates the time he has spared to help improve our research methods and prepare for our telemetry study.

The research team have now begun their quest to capture and radio-collar the elusive Hose’s Civet using some of the techniques recommended by Jerry . Watch this space for news regarding progress of the work.

To find out more about our advisor (and the rest of the HOSCAP Borneo team) please visit the HOSCAP Borneo Research Team page.

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Seth Wong joins HOSCAP Borneo as a Research Volunteer!

Seth Wong

Seth Wong, Research Volunteer

The HOSCAP Borneo team would like to wish a warm welcome to our new Research Volunteer, Seth Wong. Seth will be working closely with the HOSCAP Borneo team in the field to assist them with their camera-trapping and telemetry work. For more information about Seth (and the rest of the HOSCAP Borneo team), please visit the HOSCAP Borneo team page.

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HOSCAP Borneo releases new footage of the Hose’s Civet.

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The HOSCAP Borneo team welcomes a new volunteer!

Sami Asad

Sami Asad, Research Volunteer

The HOSCAP Borneo team would like to wish a warm welcome to our new Research Volunteer, Sami Asad. Sami will be working closely with the HOSCAP Team in the field and office to collect and process field data. For more information about Sami (and the rest of the HOSCAP Borneo team), please visit the HOSCAP Borneo team page.

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Let the fieldwork commence!

After a few busy months in the office and classroom, the HOSCAP Borneo team have returned to the field to retrieve the next batch of images from their camera-traps.

Team photo before entering Murud Kecil

Team photo taken before the first trip into Murud Kecil in 2013.

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