Kaeng Krachan Report
I spent several days at Kaeng Krachan last month with Dom Davidson, looking for mammals and birds. The highlight was close and extended views of two young Leopards resting together in the middle of the road somewhere around km 22-25 just before noon.
As there was a recent elephant related fatality, the park rangers were very strict about leaving the campground in the evening. However, we had no problem problem departing around 5:00 AM. We went on pre-dawn drives several times and saw almost nothing besides a few Sambar at a watering hole. Our guess is that the unusually cold temperatures (about 10 degrees celsius) resulted in decreased activity. It was substantially warmer in the evening, and driving then may have been more productive.
We also stopped by the water holes below the first campground on a couple afternoons. This was not as productive as we had hoped, but we saw a pair of Crab-eating Mongooses and had very poor views of Gaur just after dusk (this was the first afternoon, and we were reprimanded multiple times by the park guards for staying out after dark).
Spotlighting around the lower campground was very productive. The park staff leave food out behind the restaurant, attracting several species of Civets and Porcupines.
I regret not spending much time around the upper campground, which can yield Tenasserim Langur and Fea’s Muntjac.
My photos are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tremarctos/
1. Northern Treeshrew – common.
2. Dusky Langur – common
3. White-handed Gibbon – commonly heard from the stream crossings up. Seen once.
4. Large Indian Civet – a few seen around the campground, came in occasionally to food behind the restaurant
5. Masked Palm Civet – same as 4
6. Common Palm Civet – same as 4
7. Crab-eating Mongoose – a pair seen at a water hole
8. Leopard -see above
9. Lesser Mouse Deer – one came in to the Lung Sin blind, another was seen at one of the large water holes.
10. Red Muntjac – A few seen along the road and at the water holes. A couple tame individuals frequented the campground.
11. Sambar – common
12. Black Giant Squirrel – a few sightings near the stream crossings
13. Variable Squirrel – very common at the hides.
14. Western Striped Squirrel – a pair at Lung Sin hide, and a few other sightings
15. Indochinese Ground Squirrel – a few seen at the hides
16. Malayan Porcupine – a constant presence behind the restaurant in the evening. Also seen along the road and in the campground.
17. Asiatic Brush-tailed Porcupine – one walked behind the restaurant on a couple evenings, but did not seem interested in stopping
Mammals seen elsewhere in Thailand:
1. Pallas’s Squirrel – Doi Inthanon
2. Red-cheeked Squirrel – Doi Inthanon (behind the buildings at the summit)
3. Yellow-throated Marten – a pair at Doi Lang
4. Chinese Goral – four at the Kiew Mae Pan cliffs at Doi Inthanon. I had hoped to see Serow here, but the (required) guide indicated that they were very rare. A ranger who counts the Goral daily had only seen one a few times.
5. Lyle’s Flying Fox – thousands flew overhead at dusk at Laem Pak Bia