The Kdan Mekong Expedition 2018, Kratie province
Hog deer (Axis porcinus) were once widespread throughout much of lowland Southern and mainland Southeast Asia (Evans 1902), but numbers have rapidly declined during the last two decades (2015 IUCN status “Endangered”). At this moment, few isolated populations remain which are vulnerable to uncontrolled hunting and wildlife trade (Bezuijen et al. 2008), while traditional farming associated with cutting and burning of tall grasslands is reducing food availability and cover of suitable habitat. Furthermore, since hog deer find food and cover in pioneer vegetation such as Saccharum spp. (Odden et al. 2005, Odden and Wegge 2007), ongoing dam construction and associated flood control additionally results in the loss of prime hog deer habitat through accelerated secondary succession (Odden et al. 2005).
In Cambodia, a former hog deer stronghold, the species had been considered extinct until 2006 when a subpopulation (Axis porcinus annamiticus) was rediscovered along the western banks of the Mekong river in the Kratie Province (Maxwell et al. 2006).
Reports and Media
- The Kdan Mekong Expedition 2018. Preliminary Report (BES 7.0).
- Missie in het hart van een paradijs in gevaar. WWF Magazine. 2018.
- Deze natuur is evenveel waard als Angkor Watt. De Morgen. 2019.
- Hier vinden we zeker nog nieuwe soorten. Eos. 2019.
- Au fil du Mékong, trésor sous pression. La Libre. 2019.
- The new Southeast Asian genus Cambonilla gen. nov. (Zodariidae, Araneae): ‘bis repetita placent’. European Journal of Taxonomy. 2019.
- Tiger beetle (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) records from Kratie Province, Cambodia, with three new country records and an updated checklist for Cambodia. Cambodian Journal of Natural History. 2019.
Dr. Merlijn Jocque