International Journal of
Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Biodivers. Conserv.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-243X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJBC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 625

Article in Press

Field survey of medium and large-sized mammals species composition using camera traps and indirect evidences in Jorgo-Wato Protected Forest, Western Ethiopia

Mosissa Geleta Erena

  •  Received: 13 April 2020
  •  Accepted: 15 September 2020
Medium and large mammal species composition of Jorgo-Wato Protected Forest were not yet documented though it was established before four decades. Hence, this study aims to document and monitor the medium and large-sized mammalian species in the study area. In addition, the activity periods of mammals were determined for mammals captured by camera traps. The study was conducted from July 2015–June 2017, encompassing the wet and dry seasons. Data were collected mainly through camera traps, indirect and direct evidence. The study has revealed about 23 medium and large-sized mammals that belong to seven orders namely Bovidae, Carnivora, Primates, Rodentia, Tubulidentata, Lagomorpha, and Hyracoidea. Most of these mammals were recorded during the dry than the wet seasons. Large mammals were captured more by camera traps than medium mammals in the study area. Because of high anthropogenic activities, most mammals have shifted their activity periods from diurnal and or crepuscular into nocturnal. This study has revealed a good number of medium and large-sized mammals though the forest is small and threatened by anthropogenic activities. The study concluded that there must be further conservation and management action plan designed to conserve these mammals and other wildlife of the area.

Keywords: camera trap, Ethiopia, Jorgo-Wato Protected forest, mammalian species, survey