A project to conserve the smooth-coated otter, Asian small-clawed otter and the Siamese crocodile that live along the Petchburi River in Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan National Park. The project team will count the diversity and number of species using regular, scientific, and systematic field surveys while navigating the river in rafts. In addition to the inventory of species in the river, the team will also monitor the health of the forest, the vegetation along the river, activities of people within the area, and natural characteristics of the sites. These studies will lead to long-term preservation and recovery strategies for the animals, plants and natural areas within the park. These strategies include improved habitat management, law-enforcement, long-term wildlife monitoring, capacity-building for government staff and research students, and awareness raising for local schools and community members.
Research: Field surveys of rivers and tributaries for target species, as well as birds and fish. Camera traps along river banks.
Practice: Improved habitat management, lawy-enforcement, long-term wildlife monitoring, capacity-building for government staff and research students.
Outreach: Awareness raising in schools and with community members. Recruit community members as field rangers.
Project location - Thailand, Asia