Malaysia Carnivore Project was a field study
on Peninsular Malaysia that used radio-telemetry to investigate
the ecology of two small carnivore species: the Malay civet
(Viverra tangalunga) and short-tailed mongoose (Herpestes
study was undertaken in Krau Wildlife Reserve, from July 2004
to May 2007. During this period, we live-trapped eleven Malay
civets, seven short-tailed mongooses, and two common palm
civets (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus). We collected morphological
data and genetic samples from all captured animals, and radio-tracked
seven Malay civets (four males and three females) and five
short-tailed mongooses (three males and two females). We also
set up camera-traps within the reserve to detect carnivore
Wildlife Reserve is the second largest wildlife reserve on
Peninsular Malaysia and contains one of the largest remaining
blocks of lowland forest.
This is a 60,349 ha protected area comprising lowland, riverine
and montane forest. A total of 115 mammal species have been
recorded in KWR including 17 carnivore species and 39 species
of small mammals. The main study area was along the edge of
the reserve at Jenderak Selatan.
capture small carnivores, we set live-traps along forest
trails. Each trap was covered with rattan leaves and baited
with meat and/or fruit.
anaesthetised all captured animals, determined their sex,
age, weight, reproductive status, and took morphometric
data. We then ear-tagged and photographed each animal,
and collected hair samples for genetic analysis.
fitted a radio-collar around the necks of selected individuals
and then radio-tracked them over several months. The data
collected was analysed to determine home range sizes,
spatial organisation, habitat use, and activity patterns.
detect carnivore species within the reserve, we attached
camera-traps to trees and left them in position for
a minimum of one month.
A.P., A. Zubaid & G. Veron. 2010.
Ranging behaviour, activity, habitat use, and morphology
of the Malay civet (Viverra tangalunga) on Peninsular
Malaysia and comparison with studies on Borneo and Sulawesi.
Mammalian Biology 75: 437-446.
AP, A. Zubaid & G. Veron. 2010. Ranging
behaviour, movements and activity of the short-tailed mongoose
(Herpestes brachyurus) on Peninsular Malaysia. Mammalia
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carnivores. July 2006.
Star (Malaysian newspaper): Tracking small hunters.
31 May 2005.
was a collaborative project between the Museum National dHistoire
Naturelle (Paris, France), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
(Bangi, Malaysia) and PERHILITAN (Department of Wildlife and
National Parks, Malaysia).