Bearcat Study Program in Palawan Island

  • Focal species: Binturong
  • Secondary species: Philippine Pangolin (Manis culionensis); leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis)Binturong
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  • Name of organisation: ABConservation - Arctictis Binturong Conservation
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  • Does this project benefit local people through employment and/or capacity building: yes

Project Description

Until now, very little research has been undertaken on the bearcat. Most of today available data on the bearcat has been collected from captive animals whose behaviour differs from the behaviour of the ones that may be observed in the wild. Thus, we do lack knowledge on bearcat behaviour in the wild, especially regarding reproduction, raising the youth, interactions between individuals, food habits, moving patterns… Without this knowledge, we cannot develop correctly a conservation program adapted to the ecology and biology needs of the bearcat.
The Bearcat Study Program in Palawan Island is a conservation program with the aims to improve the knowledges on the bearcat in various areas (reproduction, raising the youth, interactions between individuals, food habits), to update its IUCN status in case of need using the data collected from the field, and to sensitize (by sharing the collected data) the Island residents with the collaboration of the local authorities.
From February to December 2017 : improving the knowledge on the bearcat with camera trapping using tree-climbing method. 10 cameras-traps have been set up on the tree tops (between 10 and 30 meters high) in the barangay of Langogan. Every two weeks, memory cards and batteries are replaced by two local guides employed by ABConservation. The collect and data process is maked by the scientific officer in June and December 2017.From February to April 2019: improving the knowledge on the bearcat with radiotracking
• capture of wild binturongs by means of cage-traps with live baits Marking of the wild animal captured (census)
• Taking hair samples for future genetic surveys
• Taking body measurements (height and weight)
• Equipping the binturongs with a radio-collar before their release
• From February 2018 to April 2019: radio-tracking binturongs
• Collecting of data by GPS and VHF
• 2018-2019: treatment of data by the scientific officer

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