Impact of Forest Isolation on Mammals Diversity and Distribution Due to Impoundment of Hulu Terengganu Hydroelectric Project, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia

Nabilah Zainol, Affan Nasruddin Roshidi, Shahril Mod Husin, Aisah Md Shukor, Rahmah Ilias, Shukor Md Nor

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Abstract

Impoundment is the main phase of dam development that significantly destroys mammals and its habitats. Elephant rescue activity in Kenyir Reservoir post-impoundment suggests the ability of mammals to swim to the remaining terrestrial habitats in search of shelters. Due to the lack of data on wildlife survival in the reservoirs of Malaysia, this study aimed to establish a list of mammal species surviving in Puah Reservoir, Terengganu after two years of inundation, to assess the developed adaptive behaviour and to describe their movement pattern in the reservoir. Four camera traps were placed on each of the seven selected land-bridge islands for 12 months. All captured images were analysed through camtrapR package in R-3.5.0 software. A total of 11 mammal species were recorded surviving in Puah Reservoir. From these species, Asian palm civet and long-tailed macaque have adapted to permanently inhabit an island while smooth-coated otter, Asian elephant and wild boar are well adapted to fully utilise the reservoir. The primates or solitary mammals such as Sumatran serow, barking deer, marbled cat, Malay tapir, dusky leaf monkey and pale-thighed langur have adapted to be the occasional utilisers of the reservoir. The second group has developed a movement strategy where their presence on each island are not overlapping with each other. This study concludes that mammals can survive in a reservoir by adapting to habitat changes and develop a survival strategy. This study will be among the earlier study in Malaysia which documents the survival data of mammals in reservoirs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWater Resources Development and Management
PublisherSpringer
Pages468-478
Number of pages11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

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NameWater Resources Development and Management
ISSN (Print)1614-810X
ISSN (Electronic)2198-316X

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Keywords

  • Adaptive behaviour
  • Camera trapping
  • Movement pattern
  • Reservoir

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Zainol, N., Roshidi, A. N., Husin, S. M., Shukor, A. M., Ilias, R., & Nor, S. M. (2020). Impact of Forest Isolation on Mammals Diversity and Distribution Due to Impoundment of Hulu Terengganu Hydroelectric Project, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia. In Water Resources Development and Management (pp. 468-478). (Water Resources Development and Management). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-1971-0_47

Impact of Forest Isolation on Mammals Diversity and Distribution Due to Impoundment of Hulu Terengganu Hydroelectric Project, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia. / Zainol, Nabilah; Roshidi, Affan Nasruddin; Husin, Shahril Mod; Shukor, Aisah Md; Ilias, Rahmah; Nor, Shukor Md.

Water Resources Development and Management. Springer, 2020. p. 468-478 (Water Resources Development and Management).

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Zainol, N, Roshidi, AN, Husin, SM, Shukor, AM, Ilias, R & Nor, SM 2020, Impact of Forest Isolation on Mammals Diversity and Distribution Due to Impoundment of Hulu Terengganu Hydroelectric Project, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia. in Water Resources Development and Management. Water Resources Development and Management, Springer, pp. 468-478. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-1971-0_47
Zainol N, Roshidi AN, Husin SM, Shukor AM, Ilias R, Nor SM. Impact of Forest Isolation on Mammals Diversity and Distribution Due to Impoundment of Hulu Terengganu Hydroelectric Project, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia. In Water Resources Development and Management. Springer. 2020. p. 468-478. (Water Resources Development and Management). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-1971-0_47
Zainol, Nabilah ; Roshidi, Affan Nasruddin ; Husin, Shahril Mod ; Shukor, Aisah Md ; Ilias, Rahmah ; Nor, Shukor Md. / Impact of Forest Isolation on Mammals Diversity and Distribution Due to Impoundment of Hulu Terengganu Hydroelectric Project, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia. Water Resources Development and Management. Springer, 2020. pp. 468-478 (Water Resources Development and Management).
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