Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Borneo
Borneo is an island in Southeast Asia. Three countries claim portions of Borneo: Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. Sabah is a state in Malaysian Borneo in the northern part of the island.
Siew te Wong collected this remote camera data as part of his dissertation work at the University of Montana. While working on his PhD, he also started a rehabilitation center for the primary subject of his research, the sun bear (Helarctos malayanus). The Sun Bear Conservation Centre is in a riparian forest in Sepilok, near the town of Sandakan in Sabah. Wong conducted his research on sun bears in Danum Valley Conservation Area, near the town of Lahad Datu. Danum Valley is one of the largest lowland dipterocarp forests left in the world. These forests are widely valued for their timber and have been clear-cut in many areas. When the native dipterocarp forests are cut, oil palm is an agricultural crop that is often planted. Oil palm composes large mono-culture fields that result in reduced habitat extent and quality for wild species in Borneo.
These data were collected in 2006 as part of Wong's study on sun bears. Wong used remote cameras to identify locations where sun bears are active and monitor habitat areas most important to survival of sun bears. Wong sees many other species in his remote camera traps. These species, in addition to the target sun bears, offer a unique dataset for students using TAO to compare with their schoolyard captures.
Featured in the photo collage are just a few of Wong's remote camera captures. From left to right, you can see a clouded leopard, pig-tailed macaque, and bearded pig. Students and teachers can learn more about Wong's work and wildlife in Borneo through this unique dataset. Special thanks to Wong for his willingness to share his work with TAO.
Wong's data are part of TAO from 2006 . Note that the graph will open in a new window. Close the graph window to return here.