Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Herd of adult gaurs, offspring caught on cameras in Cambodia's sactuaries

Herd of adult gaurs, offspring caught on cameras in Cambodia's sactuaries

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Ministry of Environment researchers spotted a large number of adult gaurs and their offsprings through motion-sensor cameras installed in various wildlife sanctuaries in Cambodia, bringing fresh hopes for environmentalists and biologists. NETH PEAKTRA

Herd of adult gaurs, offspring caught on cameras in Cambodia's sactuaries

Ministry of Environment researchers spotted a large number of adult gaurs and their offspring through motion-sensor cameras installed in various wildlife sanctuaries in Cambodia, bringing fresh hopes for environmentalists and biologists.

The gaur, known by its scientific name Bos gaurus, is native to South and Southeast Asia and listed as vulnerable in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. Its population has dropped gradually worldwide.

The ministry said there was no exact information on the number of gaurs present in Cambodia. But the images captured by the cameras showed a herd of them including adults and young babies.

The ministry said the number of gaur worldwide had dropped more than 80 per cent in the last decade -- or 90 per cent since the mid-20th century.

It is estimated that there are between 15,000 and 35,000 gaurs worldwide, among them adult gaur account for between 6,000 and 21,000. They are found in Bhutan, India, Cambodia, Loas, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam. It has gone into extinction in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

According to the latest study, the gaur population in Cambodia dropped by more than 50 per cent from 1960-1990. The number has continued to drop gradually until now, the ministry said.

“Although the study shows that the number of gaur in Cambodia decreases as it does elsewhere in the world, the population study on gaur in various natural protected areas confirms the presence of many baby gaurs which brings fresh hopes for their reproduction and the expected increase of gaur families,” the ministry said.

It said wildlife sanctuaries in Mondulkiri province were known to have the most gaurs in the late 1990s, estimated to be between 500 and 1,000, but the number has since dropped.

Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary is believed to have more than 100 gaur in 2020, a drop from about 500 in 2010.

MOST VIEWED

  • All foreigners' accommodations to be inspected: Sar Kheng

    The Ministry of Interior is undertaking a serious effort to inspect all the accommodations of foreigners in Cambodia – except diplomats – in order to find and identify human traffickers. Minister Sar Kheng said this would include inspections on the homes of foreigners employed by businesses, private

  • Ice cream, noodles flagged over carcinogen

    The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) has identified three types of instant noodles and ice cream trademarks originating from Thailand, Vietnam and France that are suspected to contain ethylene oxide, which poses a cancer risk to consumers. The general department has

  • Exclusive interview with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU

    CAMBODIA is hosting the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings this week with top officials from the US, China, and Russia and other countries in the region slated to attend and to meet with face-to-face with their counterparts on the sidelines. In

  • Rise in Thai air routes to Siem Reap fuels travel hopes

    Local tourism industry players are eager for regional airline Bangkok Airways Pcl’s resumption of direct flight services between the Thai capital and Siem Reap town on August 1 – home of Cambodia’s awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park – which is expected to boost the growth rate of

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker

  • NBC eyes KHQR payments in Laos, Vietnam

    The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) is working with Lao and Vietnamese authorities to expand the use of KHQR code cross-border payment systems to promote trade and investment as well as increase the scope of regional economic linkages, and in particular, facilitate remittances from overseas