Impacts of forest farm practice on small to medium-sized mammals at Kemasul forest reserve, Pahang, Malaysia

Nor Bazilah Razali, Ahmad Rizal Abdul-Rahim, Shukor Md. Nor, Farah Shafawati Mohd Taib

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Abstract

Exploitation of forest for commercial agriculture has taken toll on wildlife species worldwide. A forest farm project with the aim of compensating the forest loss has been implemented in Kemasul Forest Reserve, of Pahang State, Malaysia through plantation of fast growing and adaptable plant species. The objective of this study is to determine the impact of this practice on diversity. The study was conducted in a long strip of forest fragment, where two study sites with different landscape matrix types were chosen; oil palm plantation (JR) and Acacia mangium plantations (CM). A total of 75 individuals from 13 species and six families were collected at both sites. The result shows forest with A. mangium plantations matrix types yield higher species diversity. There are 10 shared species that can be found at both study sites including Callosciurus notatus, Hystrix brachyura, Macaca nemestrina, and Tupaia glis. However, some species only existed at selected sites such as Leopoldamys sabanus which can only be found at JR. On the other hand, Callosciurus nigrovittatus, Viverra tangalunga and Paradoxurus hermaphroditus were only recorded at CM. Out of all individuals collected, four of them are protected species as reported by IUCN. Callosciurus nigrovittatus is listed as Near Threatened while the other three species (Maxomys rajah, Maxomys whiteheadi, and Macaca nemestrina) are Vulnerable. If conservation efforts in Kemasul Forest Reserved are neglected, these four species would be exposed to critical threats that might cause them facing extinction in the future. Mann Whitney U test shows no significant difference of distribution and species richness of small to medium-sized mammals in both study sites (U=51.5, p=0.59). This study therefore reveals that although the compensatory forest plantation initiatives yield positive effect on diversity of mammal's species, it does not necessarily provide ample food resources to the wildlife, instead it serves as important buffer zones for wildlife movement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Science and Technology 2017 Postgraduate Colloquium
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
Volume1940
ISBN (Electronic)9780735416321
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2018
Event2017 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium - Selangor, Malaysia
Duration: 12 Jul 201713 Jul 2017

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Other2017 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium
CountryMalaysia
CitySelangor
Period12/7/1713/7/17

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Malaysia
mammals
wildlife
agriculture
matrices
exploitation
food
conservation
strip
resources
extinction
buffers
oils
fragments
causes

Keywords

  • Acacia mangium
  • Agriculture
  • forest plantation
  • wildlife

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Razali, N. B., Abdul-Rahim, A. R., Md. Nor, S., & Mohd Taib, F. S. (2018). Impacts of forest farm practice on small to medium-sized mammals at Kemasul forest reserve, Pahang, Malaysia. In 2017 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium: Proceedings of the University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Science and Technology 2017 Postgraduate Colloquium (Vol. 1940). [020045] American Institute of Physics Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5027960

Impacts of forest farm practice on small to medium-sized mammals at Kemasul forest reserve, Pahang, Malaysia. / Razali, Nor Bazilah; Abdul-Rahim, Ahmad Rizal; Md. Nor, Shukor; Mohd Taib, Farah Shafawati.

2017 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium: Proceedings of the University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Science and Technology 2017 Postgraduate Colloquium. Vol. 1940 American Institute of Physics Inc., 2018. 020045.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Razali, NB, Abdul-Rahim, AR, Md. Nor, S & Mohd Taib, FS 2018, Impacts of forest farm practice on small to medium-sized mammals at Kemasul forest reserve, Pahang, Malaysia. in 2017 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium: Proceedings of the University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Science and Technology 2017 Postgraduate Colloquium. vol. 1940, 020045, American Institute of Physics Inc., 2017 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium, Selangor, Malaysia, 12/7/17. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5027960
Razali NB, Abdul-Rahim AR, Md. Nor S, Mohd Taib FS. Impacts of forest farm practice on small to medium-sized mammals at Kemasul forest reserve, Pahang, Malaysia. In 2017 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium: Proceedings of the University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Science and Technology 2017 Postgraduate Colloquium. Vol. 1940. American Institute of Physics Inc. 2018. 020045 https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5027960
Razali, Nor Bazilah ; Abdul-Rahim, Ahmad Rizal ; Md. Nor, Shukor ; Mohd Taib, Farah Shafawati. / Impacts of forest farm practice on small to medium-sized mammals at Kemasul forest reserve, Pahang, Malaysia. 2017 UKM FST Postgraduate Colloquium: Proceedings of the University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Faculty of Science and Technology 2017 Postgraduate Colloquium. Vol. 1940 American Institute of Physics Inc., 2018.
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