|Khingansky Zapovednik Camera Trap Project|
|Khingansky zapovednik is a 93,000 hectacre reserve located in the south-eastern corner of Amur Oblast, Russian Federation. A portion of the reserve consists of the lesser khingan mountains containing mixed deciduous taiga while the remaining portion of the reserve consists of lakes and wetlands along the Amur river.
To date, 48 mammal species have been documented within the reserve, including wolves, brown and Himalayan bears, Eurasian lynx, Amur leopard cats, moose, manchurian elk, Siberian roe deer, and Russian sable.
The zapovednik's scientific staff have been monitoring mammal populations within the park using a variety of field methods such as small mammal trapping and snow tracking, which continue to yield new information - such as the recent discovery of Siberian musk deer within the reserve boundaries.
In 2012, I began a collaboration with the scientific staff to use trail cameras to monitor and address unique questions regarding the mammals within Khingansky. Two camera traps were obtained and placed in the field and within a short period over 11 species of mammals were photographed (see photos to the left). Currently, we are working on obtaining more funding to purchase more cameras.
Eventually, we hope that with these camera traps we will be able to address such questions as;
1) The population size and structure of Himalayan bears within the reserve.
2) Exact dates bears are awaking from hibernation.
3) The population of Eurasian lynx within the reserve.
4) Where within the park there are Siberian musk deer.
5) Determine if Amur leopard cats are present during the summer and if so breeding in the reserve.
6) Capture the moment when and if tigers enter the reserve from adjacent territories.
7) The extent of illegal hunters entering the reserve.
8) Seasonal movements and routes of various mammal species.
To learn more about Khingansky reserve and its wildlife please visit thier website: www.khingan.ru.
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