A new survey has revealed surprising mammal biodiversity, including seven rare and endangered species, in Bidoup – Nui Ba National Park in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. According to national park director Dr. Le Van Huong, the camera-trap survey was jointly carried out by the park’s management board, the Southern Institute of Ecology, and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz – IZW) from Germany on the site from October 2019 to March 2020. The first camera-trapping data from the ongoing study revealed an exceptionally high mammalian diversity with at least 21 mammal species, seven of which are globally threatened. The most important findings of the species survey are several camera trap images of the large-antlered muntjac (Muntiacus vuquangensis), a critically endangered deer species that can only be found in the Truong Son Mountain Range, which stretches from Vietnam’s north to Lam Dong and is featured on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Critically Endangered Species. Conservationists believed the species was extinct in most forests in Vietnam. In addition to the large-antlered muntjac, the camera traps also recorded another species confined to the Truong Son Mountain Range, the Owston’s civet (Chrotogale owstoni). Nguyen The Truong An,… Read full this story
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