Current status of wildlife in Marat Longri WLS, Karbi Anglong, Assam, India
Kamal Azad12, Pranab J Borah1, Lalthan Puia1, Anupam Sarma1 And Jimmy Borah1, 1 Wwf India, 2k.Azad8528@Gmail.Com
Marat Longri Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) is situated in southernmost part of Kaziranga Karbi Anglong Landscape. Lack of baseline information from this landscape is major obstacle in coming up with strong conservation policies. Baseline information on population estimates is crucial for various species of concern to different strategies.
We determined animal distribution and presence-absence status through occupancy framework. The result would help to acquire pronounced conservation decision and action for the Sanctuary, which then can be replicated across different sites in the landscape. Occupancy was estimated for Elephant, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Pig and Small Carnivores.
Occupancy of elephant was estimated as 0.67 (SE 0.12, 95% CI 0.41 – 0.85), Barking Deer 0.88 (SE 0.09, 95% CI 0.58 – 0.97), Sambar 0.79 (SE 0.13, 95% CI 0.46 – 0.94), Wild Pig 0.93 (SE 0.06, 95% CI 0.65 – 0.99) and Small Carnivores 0.87 (SE 0.09, 95% CI 0.59 – 0.97). Different types of anthropogenic activities were also recorded during the survey.
Maratlongri WLS is one of the most important area for passages of large mammals including elephant and tiger. In spite of tremendous anthropogenic pressures, results have shown presence of wildlife in the area. This was the first extensive survey done in Marat Longri WLS and Karbi Anglong. The study will be helpful to develop conservation plan for the sanctuary as well as for the landscape.