In these forests they would certainly have been more successful in counting.
Them than Western researchers but to them statistics are a typically Western whim while we with our heavy packs stumble clumsily through the underbrush the our car seemed to glide along the jungle paths with little noise and effort under the canopy of these giant trees Outsiders easily lose their.
Bearings you hear bird calls but cannot tell from where you think you walk in a straight line but find that you move in circles we need supermarkets the our car need the forest here they find food plants medical herbs firewood building materials honey and animal protein the other hunters have moved on but so nu has picked up.
A rustle in the foliage alert yet calmly the akka hunter uses his crossbow the bird is not dead just injured almost as fast as his arrow so when yo has caught up with his prey within seconds it is.
Packed away it’s a delicacy a pheasant the acha are allowed to hunt pheasants but not protected animals such as the tiger one would readily vouch for the innocence of these gentle people yet Tigers are caught and killed in Laos but the poachers are shrouded in as much secrecy as the Tigers themselves several hundred kilometers from the akka hunting grounds our expedition has reached the first camera position first of all the WCS.
Scientists want some basic questions answered how many Tigers are left in this area what is their prey how large other individual territories where do Tigers and humans clash the service team is being briefed our camera is to.
Operate for six months video cassettes and batteries need to.
Be changed on a weekly basis for the WCS project the young men have to position 50 stills cameras spread out over 100 square kilometers of wilderness in comparison working hour to video cameras is easy both the video and the stills cameras are triggered by an infrared beam in contrast to.
The video cameras the stills cameras need no service they operate in their isolated positions in the forest for over a month in recent years.
These camera traps have enabled scientists to capture some spectacular shots in 1999 one of the world’s rarest animals was camera trapped in Laos Isola this species is most closely related to wild buffalos only a few years previously the Sala had been discovered in Vietnam as a new species thanks.
To a pair of horns a biologist found in a hunter’s house in a remote village in Laos any sort of animal can end up in a frying pan although trade in wild animals is now.
Prohibited no one seems to worry about the law this is why markets are obvious hotspots of field.
Research just like Arlene WCS biologists Rob Timmons was ambling.
Through a marketplace in central laos in 1996 when he noticed an animal for sale which he could not identify a striped rabbit with short ears.
Far unknown to science the list of newly discovered species also includes two kinds of.
Rare small deer rats with a furry tail and a yellow pig they were all found.
Between fruit and vegetables or in village huts.
Smoked or dried Arlene and ven ivana pets seem to have no luck but then they find next to rats and mushrooms the giant gliding squirrel an uncommon species that they do not regularly East Asian porcupine big animals such as porcupines have become rare hunting pressure is.
The rise and forests near densely populated areas have been effectively depleted I mean yeah illegal trade in exotic animals is another problem.
For a rare turtle species collectors will pay almost any price yeah it’s definitely a softshell turtle but by.
Now Marlene’s team has some experience with rare animals one of their cameras captured an austin civet an extremely rare species one night a hog badger released the trigger.
A little-known species in Laos it’s.
The first photograph in this country taken in.
The wild in spite of new discoveries what the scientists find in the markets is worrying it’s a confusing image on the one hand animals are recklessly hunted on the other researchers discover ever new wonders yeah Arlene and her laosan colleagues are convinced that in spite of mounting problems Laos is Indo China’s last natural paradise nowhere else is there so much terra incognita land and wildlife that is little known to science the limestone labyrinth of the pool in Boone.
National Park the Anna might mountains on the Vietnamese border the primeval forests rugged canyons and uncharted rivers are this country’s most precious treasures for many adventurers and scientists when.
They think of Laos this is the place of their dreams however their enthusiasm for this wilderness has nothing to do with dreaming they simply know that many species could not survive anywhere else hornbills for example need an abundance of wild fruit and ancient trees to nest him this is why they are only found in primeval forests the same is true for the tiger the elephant and the Asian black bear these bizarre limestone formations are an ideal barrier.
Against invaders of all kinds though draped in lush greenery the rocks here are needle sharp and brittle there is no root over the mountains but there is one right through them the nam hin boun river in central laos has undermined the porous rock and created a cave seven kilometers in length better still the cave is actually a tunnel suitable for boats this.
Natural tunnel is up to 100 metres wide in places its ceiling rises high to form underground cathedrals one can only guess at what is.
Hidden up there in the dark for brief moments stark tights and snowy white sand banks glisten stranded jungle Giants shimmer in.
The glue during the monsoon the water level almost reaches the ceiling in the dry season it sinks to a low of just a few centimeters in this labyrinth of crags and jungle natural-born climbers like the white-handed Gibbons have it made clumsy humans scrambling along between rocks and underbrush need an entire day for a distance a Gibbon can do within minutes Gibbon pairs stay together for life juveniles can be recognized by.
Their light coat a juvenile will accompany its parents for two years and is tenderly cared for this small family alone needs a territory of 20 hectares white-handed Gibbons depend on a diet exclusively a fruit only large forests.