Archive for August 2008

Bhutan RFI

August 31, 2008

If anyone has been wildlife watching in Bhutan I would be glad to hear from you. I will be there in November and would like some recommendations – especially for a local guide


Unexpected Large Monkey Population Discovered In Cambodia: Tens Of Thousands Of Threatened Primates

August 31, 2008

Unexpected Large Monkey Population Discovered In Cambodia: Tens Of Thousands Of Threatened Primates (August 29, 2008) — Biologists have discovered surprisingly large populations of two globally threatened primates in a protected area in Cambodia. The report counted 42,000 black-shanked douc langurs along with 2,500 yellow-cheeked crested gibbons in Cambodia’s Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area, an estimate that represents the largest known populations for both species in the world. … > full story


August 31, 2008

In case anyone is interested I’ve just bought two new lights that I am very happy with.

The new Clubman CB2 spotlight ( with separate power pack which is just fabulous (you can get them from Alana Ecology in the UK). It is lightweight and the battery pack is – I guess -a over a kilo. But kilo for kilo offers the longest life of any battery I have used – about 90 minutes on full beam. It has a 50w main bulb and a second 10w bulb for local work. Plus the connection between the battery and light is through a rugged socket.

I also have a very small but high-powered Tiablo A9 flashlight – it is tiny but has an amazing beam and battery life (and is also rechargeable). I got it in Thailand.


Borneo and Southern Thailand Reports

August 31, 2008

A week ago I returned from SE Asia. I have uploaded reports of two short trips to

Borneo where I saw a Flat headed Cat, and a Grey Leaf Monkey among other stuff

and Hala Bala, in SE Thailand http://mammalw I saw Small-clawed Otters and some nice bats


Massive Numbers Of Critically Endangered Western Lowland Gorillas Discovered In Republic Of Congo

August 7, 2008

(August 6, 2008) — The world’s population of critically endangered western lowland gorillas recently received a huge boost when the Wildlife Conservation Society released a census showing massive numbers of these secretive great apes alive and well in the Republic of Congo. … > full story

Alaska Trip ’08

August 3, 2008

I spent the last couple weeks of July visiting my brother in Talkeetna, Alaska.  It was rainy most of the time and we were between salmon runs so it was more of a drinking trip than anything else.  I did see a few mammals about and we made two short trips were we had good chances to see things.  The first of which was down to Kenai Fjords National Park out of Seward.  We went on the 6 hour trip.  We started well with several Sea Otters.

The captain saw a Minke Whale, but refused to look for it further because he said it is normally a waste of time.  Next up were a couple of Humpbacks, and some Dall’s Porpoise.  From there we continued to see the normal things like Stellar’s Sea Lions and Harbor Seals.

Towards the end we found some Orcas.  They were the AK pod, which are residents.  I’ve seen this pod on 3 of the 4 trips I’ve taken out of Seward.  A few Dall’s Porpoises soon joined them and  swam in front of the Orcas the way they sometimes do with boats.

We didn’t see Mountain Goats or Black Bears, which I’ve seen every other time I’ve been on that trip.  I also saw a Northern Red-backed Vole in the Exit Glacier Campground.
On a couple of random days we drove out to Hatcher’s Pass and the Petersville road in search of Wolverines, but as you might guess it was a long shot and we saw none.
A couple days before I left I went up to Denali National Park.  I had talked to one of the Denali bus drivers in the bar a few days before and he said it was a great year for Lynx, with one bus having 4 separate sightings.  I drove into the park as far as I could, mile 15 and saw some of the more common animals, such as Moose, Snowshoe Hare,  and Arctic Ground Squirrel.  I was told I missed a Wolf by seconds at one spot.  I rode the bus in to Wonder Lake the next day.  I saw all the usual stuff, Caribou, Grizzly Bears, Dall’s Sheep, Red Fox, and a Hoary Marmot.  We didn’t see anything close enough to take a picture of until the end.

Trip Totals
Moose  – 9
Snowshoe Hare – 100+
Arctic Ground Squirrel – 15 or so
Northern Red-backed Vole – 1
Red Squirrel – 3
Porcupine – 1
Beaver – 1
Caribou – 18
Grizzly Bear – 5
Dall’s Sheep 7
Hoary Marmot – 1
Orca – 7 or 8
Humpback – 2
Dall’s Porpoise – 14+
Sea Otter – 8+
Stellar’s Sea Lion – 24
Harbor Seal – 4

Nothing new for me, but not bad.