PhD Student, James Cook University
Research: Mitigating the impacts of roads on tigers and other large mammals in Peninsular Malaysia
Species/Topic: Tigers & Other Large Mammals
Abstract: Roads are serious drivers of habitat loss and poaching, which together constitute the main threats to mammals in Malaysia. However, the impacts of roads on tigers and other mammals have not been adequately quantified. Several viaducts have been built along highways within tiger landscapes in Malaysia with the intention of helping mammals cross roads safely. However, these viaducts may not be utilized by mammals in reality and roadkills will still occur. We will investigate whether viaducts facilitate the movement of mammals across highways and determine the factors affecting their effectiveness. We will also investigate whether research presence reduce encroachment presence along highways. If these viaducts are not effective wildlife corridors, recommendations will be made to build more effective wildlife crossings. If sustained presence can deter poaching activity, long-term monitoring programmes along highways will be developed together with government agencies to improve connectivity in tiger landscapes.