Determining the Diversity, Distribution and Habitat of Flying Squirrels in Royal Belum State Park, Malaysia through Community Based Observation Activities

5 Mar 2019 Royal Belum State Park, Malaysia, Asia Communities | Habitats | Mammals

Jayaraj Vijaya Kumaran

A recent regional review on the conservation status of mammals in Peninsular Malaysia indicates flying squirrels are amongst the least studied mammals in the country. Being the biodiversity hotspot of flying squirrels, Malaysia cannot afford to neglect these unique mammals from future conservation plans. Hence, this study has the following objectives:
1) A diversity and abundance data of flying squirrels in Royal Belum State Park, Malaysia. This will be the first comprehensive study focusing on flying squirrel diversity and abundance in Malaysia. 2) Habitat preference of flying squirrels spotted in Royal Belum State Park including tree species, height and diameter at breast height.
3) Distribution and ecology data on Data Deficient, Vulnerable, and Endangered flying squirrels in Royal Belum State Park.
4) A Night transect survey activity that incorporates community engagement in sampling and data collection.

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Flying squirrels are poorly studied and their conservation statuses are currently either Data Deficient or Endangered. Hence, this study aims to determine the conservation status and habitat of flying squirrels in Royal Belum State Park, a protected area in the state of Perak, Malaysia. Primary data collection will involve sampling at the canopy level via night spotting and mist netting while habitat data (trees) will be identified and mapped. The study will also include community based Night transect survey so that the results can be used to map the occurrences and potential habitat of these mammals in the studied area

Hence, this study has the following objectives:

1) A diversity and abundance data of flying squirrels in Royal Belum State Park, Malaysia. This will be the first comprehensive study focusing on flying squirrel diversity and abundance in Malaysia.

2) Habitat preference of flying squirrels spotted in Royal Belum State Park including tree species, height and diameter at breast height.

3) Distribution and ecology data on Data Deficient, Vulnerable, and Endangered flying squirrels in Royal Belum State Park.

4) A Night transect survey activity that incorporates community engagement in sampling and data collection.

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