Asian elephant baseline population estimates



Posted on 01 November 2012  | 
In Cambodia, the protected areas of the Eastern Plains Landscape have been recognized as a critical area to conserve wild Asian elephants in Indochina. Through fecal-DNA based capture-mark-recapture methods, this study estimated the baseline population of Asian elephant species in two protected areas, Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary (PPWS) and Mondulkiri Protected Forest (MPF) in the Eastern Plains Landscape. The results of this study and other related studies suggest that the Eastern Plains Landscape harbors the largest population of wild Asian elephants in Cambodia and possibly in Indochina.

For more information, read the full report: Asian Elephants in the Eastern Plains Landscape, Cambodia: Using Fecal DNA and Capture-mark-recapture methods to establish baseline population.

Juvenile and adult Asian elephants photographed by a camera trap in Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary in northeastern Cambodia's Eastern Plains Landscape.
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