Camera trap image of a Large Indian Civet (Viverra Zibetha)

By Sam Whittall 4 years ago
Categories Chiang Mai

So far the project success with previous camera traps has been limited, due to camera malfunctions and limited images collected. However with two new cameras placed in prime locations in the surrounding forest of Huay Pakoot, they have now had some fantastic success. In the long term GVI hopes to collect as many images of different species in the surrounding areas of Huay Pakoot as possible, identify specific animals and their territories as well as identify different individuals of the same species based on markings etc.

After just one week of the traps being in place down by the river, the cameras had already picked up some amazing images; including 3 images of Eurasian wild pig (Sus Scrofa), 1 image of Red muntjac or barking deer (Muntiacus Munjak) and 2 images of Large Indian civet (Viverra Zibetha). All 3 of these species are fairly numerous throughout the surrounding area and Asia; however the fact that they are predominantly nocturnal, very shy and the limited success of previous camera traps makes the capture of these images in such a small space of time a very exciting achievement for the project.

The following inspection of the camera traps revealed images of people and buffalo, yet another image of a Large Indian civet. Capturing 2 images of an elusive civet in just 1 week is in itself an exciting achievement, however other interesting things noticed about the 2 images are that they were both captured around the same time during the night, between 2-3am. This could be a complete coincidence, but on the other hand is a piece of evidence that could show this particular civet or civets are active around the same area at the same time each night, and with hopefully more images collected more evidence can be built up to see if this is correct and if indeed it is the same individual pictured more than once. Something else noted with 1 of the images is that the civet seems to have distended nipples, a possible indication of pregnancy. This doesn’t dispel the possibility of the 2 images showing 2 different civets as it is not possible to see the nipples from the other image, it is however another great discovery from just 1 week and 2 images.

Now we keep our fingers crossed for a possible porcupine, pangolin or even tiger ………. :O)