On-the-job training of wildlife in the Conservation Area of Sabah,
Report: Mizuguchi Daisuke
Date: 2011/6/17 - 2011/7/1
In Kinabalu national park (Mt.
Kinabalu), I watched animals such as montane tree shrew(tupai) and mountain blackeye, and the change of vegetation or landscape as climbing upward.
Near the summit, height at about 4,000 metres, there were rocks which had "stria" carved out by a glacier.
In Imback Canyon and Mariau Basin conservation Area, I watched gibbon, hornbill, fruits bat, common palm civet, and several pitcher plants (one of which had frogs in its body).
At night walk and drive, I saw owl, Flying squirrel, deer, and common palm civet.
Not only animals themselves, but also various field signs were found, such as feeding scar, footprints of civet, bornean bearded pig, or samber, dung of elephant or banteng, and nests of sun bear and its bark.
They are also important resources for conservation research.
Moreover, I participated in the ceremony of research cooperation agreement among Primate research institute of Kyoto University, Yayasan Sabah, and
Sabah Wildlife Department.
At the workshop after the ceremony, we discussed how we should manage the conservation area and about the future prospects, with researchers and other specialists in various fields.