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Using camera trap photos and direct sightings to identify possible refugia for the Vulnerable Sumatran striped rabbit Nesolagus netscheri

Jennifer L. McCarthya1 c1, Todd K. Fullera1, Kyle P. McCarthya2, Hariyo T. Wibisonoa3 and Mark C. Livolsia2

a1 Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 160 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003, USA.

a2 Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, Newark, USA

a3 Wildlife Conservation Society—Indonesia Program, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia


The endemic Sumatran striped rabbit Nesolagus netscheri, categorized as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, is one of the rarest lagomorphs and little is known about its ecology, status or distribution. After nearly a decade with no published sightings, new camera-trap photos have been taken and observations made in Bukit Barisan Seletan and Kerinci Seblat National Parks, renewing interest in this rare species. We suggest that Bukit Barisan Seletan National Park is an ideal location to initiate a much needed ecological study of the species. Documentation and protection of a population in this Park would facilitate refinement of study techniques applicable to other areas in Sumatra, including Kerinci Seblat National Park, and thus facilitate an assessment of the status and distribution of the species. We believe that in light of ongoing encroachment and deforestation in many of Sumatra's protected areas it is important to implement immediate conservation initiatives in both parks to ensure the persistence of these known populations.

(Received November 03 2011)

(Revised December 08 2011)

(Accepted January 12 2012)

(Online publication May 03 2012)


c1 (Corresponding author) E-mail jennifermccart@gmail.com