Study on connectivity between forest patches in Kuiburi national park
This study aims to explore solutions to mitigate Human Wildlife Conflict (HWC) in the eastern region of Kuiburi national park, by applying the concept of wildlife ecological corridor. The surveys have been carried out using line transects. Each line was 6 km long and the distance between the lines was 1.5 km. The surveys have been replicated during two seasons. A study on the habitat integrity was conducted as well, by analyzing plant diversity in 4 plots (30x60 m each).
Results from this study found that the species moving from the biggest forest patch to the surrounding agriculture areas in search for food and water, do not cross the smaller forest patches. In this situation, the most effective management strategy is to prevent the animals from leaving the protected area. The wildlife that moves from the northern zone of the protected area to the easthern portion, must move through a valley called “Hub Ta Kian Yak”. This valley is a forest patch located north-east and characterized by pristine forest, capable to provide food sources to wildlife, thus preventing the animals from raiding agriculture areas. Considering the strategic location of this forest patch, which represents an important ecological corridor for wildlife, it should be well managed and protected, so that animals can move and forage undisturbed.
Keywords: Kuiburi national park, HWC, Ecological corridor