Yaki population surveys underway

With support from EPASS and Wildlife Reserves Singapore, SY are taking on the enormous task of surveying the population of Yaki across its native North Sulawesi range. Three teams composed of rangers, university forestry students and local community members are currently in the field strategically deploying 53 camera traps, kindly provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Cameras will remain in the field for 12 weeks and the data used to estimate the status and distribution of the Yaki. This will become an essential baseline for a continued annual monitoring effort. This in turn will allow us to track the status of the population over time, meaning we can track our own progress towards our mission of saving the Yaki!
Here is a short video of one of our survey teams, led by SY’s Programmes Coordinator Dr. Caspian Johnson, conducting an essential pilot study in the Tangkoko Nature Reserve. This pilot survey was an important first step to hone our forest skills and methods before extending our efforts across the Yaki’s range, and was made possible by support from Wildlife Reserves Singapore to whom we are very grateful.

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