August 19, 2016

Survey aims to record wildlife in Hukaung Valley Tiger Reserve

An endangered tiger in Hukaung Valley. Photo: WCS Myanmar (Twitter)
An endangered tiger in Hukaung Valley. Photo: WCS Myanmar (Twitter)

A survey will soon begin to observe and document tigers and gibbons in the Hukaung Valley Tiger Reserve this year by a local team working for conservation of wildlife in the sanctuary, a spokesperson of the team said.
With the assistance of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the systematic research programme will begin at the reserve areas located in Nanyuan Township in Kachin State, focusing on documenting the behavior of elephants, tigers and gibbons and other biodiversity with the use of modern techniques.
Under the new scheme, well-trained staff will carry out camera trapping activities once or twice a month, with plans to capture audio of gibbons by using a sound-recording system. According to 2013-2014 figures, between 72 and 82 tigers are at the 2494-square mile wide Hukaung Valley Tiger Reserve situated in Hukaung Valley near Tanai, a township in Myitkyina District of Kachin State.
It is the natural habitat for nearly 40 kinds of mammals including tigers, leopards, elephants, bears and different species of monkeys, seven species of snakes, six species of frogs, over 370 species of birds, 46 species of freshwater fish, turtles, butterflies and more than 13,000 species of plants. — Zar Zar


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