About the Small Carnivore Research Group:
The UNIMAS Small Carnivore Research Group is the home of the Hose’s Civet and Small Carnivore Project, Borneo (HOSCAP Borneo). This research-based conservation project studies all small mammalian carnivores in Borneo (such as civets, mongooses, martens, wild cats and linsangs) and has a particular interest in the rare and elusive Bornean endemic, the Hose’s Civet Diplogale hosei.
The HOSCAP Borneo team is currently using automatic infrared camera-traps and hair snares to detect small carnivore species within the Sela’an Linau Forest Management Unit (FMU), a logging concession in the Upper Baram region, Sarawak. By combining this information with micro-level habitat data and using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing technology, the HOSCAP Borneo team aims to model the habitat preferences of individual species. The outputs of these models will provide valuable information regarding an individual species’ tolerance to different logging regimes and will help identify areas of high conservation value in remnant forests within the logging concession. This information may then be used to help formulate guidelines and recommendations for forest managers and policy makers to ensure the long-term survival and protection of carnivores in these logging concessions.
Our research is being carried out with support from the HSBC Singapore Care-for-Nature Trust Fund, Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong and the Yaw Teck Seng Foundation.
Visit our website: www.hoscap-borneo.org