Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary Gets an Upgrade in Conservation Technology!
Kenneth Mheil Mangaya- Ay | July 01, 2020
Technological innovations are now implemented on Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, a 7 thousand-hectare-mountain in Davao Oriental, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources XI. Camera traps are now available to record the presence of animals in the wild and to assess the trend of their population, likewise revealing how they freely behave and interact in their natural habitat.
Mt. Hamiguitan is among the very few areas in the country that utilizes these camera traps. According to DENR XI, five are currently installed – one of every 500-meter interval within a 2-kilometer trail. Records are retrieved quarterly for population trend analysis and will then be incorporated into its Biodiversity Monitoring System (BMS). Through this, conservationists are able to yield more accurate reporting, especially on monitoring priority species. Inputs also serve as a basis for policy and decision-making in the protected area.
Through the motion sensor digital camera, a number of animal species have already been spotted, including endangered ones such as the Philippine Warty Pig and the Philippine Deer. Records of Asian Palm Civets, Monitor Lizards, Philippine Long-tailed Macues, Philippine Tarsiers, and Philippine Tree Squirrels have also been verified as well. Camera traps are able to capture individuals who are in the area as well, making it easier to spot and catch poachers.
As Mt. Hamiguitan is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this technology has undeniably advanced the conservation of the Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, giving the general public the advantage of discerning the status of our wildlife species.