We are pleased to share our latest publication, the result of several years of collaborative work from field teams (Association Anoulak and Nakai-Nam Theun National Park) and technical teams (Association Anoulak and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Germany).
In this research paper, we investigate the ecological, environmental and anthropogenic variables in Nakai-Nam Theun National Park driving the distribution and population status of three sympatric muntjac species occurring in the national park: the Annamite dark muntjac species complex Muntiacus rooseveltorum/truongsonensis, the northern red muntjac M. vaginalis, and the large-antlered muntjac M. vuquangensis.
We conducted a landscape-scale systematic camera-trapping surveys (overall >20,000 camera-trap nights) in Nakai-Nam Theun National Park in 2018-2019. We analyzed camera-trap muntjac photograph records to evaluate the three species’ responses to environmental and anthropogenic variables, and to predict their distributions across the protected area.
Our research and analysis main observations and conclusions are:
The Annamites ecoregion harbors exceptional levels of species richness and endemism, but intensive snaring has decimated populations of terrestrial mammals. Ungulates, such as muntjacs, are susceptible to snaring, and in need of effective conservation action.
The publication can be accessed here: