Public Events

7 Dec 2016

Wildlife Responses to Habitat Fragmentation and Degradation in the Kinabatangan


This talk recorded on Wed 7 December 2016, 6pm at University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre, Level 2, Chulan Tower, Number 3 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur.


Dr. Benoît Goosens

Dr. Benoît Goosens is the Director of the Danau Girang Field Centre in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, a research and training facility co-managed by Sabah Wildlife Department and Cardiff University. He is also a Lecturer at Cardiff University and he has more than 15 years of experience in the field of conservation genetics, having carried out projects on the population genetics of Sumatran and Bornean orangutans, and Bornean elephant in South-East Asia, giant and red pandas in China, chimpanzees and forest elephant in central Africa, black rhinoceros in Zimbabwe and Kenya. He has published more than 70 scientific papers. Dr Goossens holds a PhD in biology from University of Grenoble, France. His research interests are in conservation biology and the related fields of molecular ecology and behavioural ecology.

Seminar Summary

I will present an overview of the current wildlife research undertaken in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, eastern Sabah, at the Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC), that is contributing directly to species conservation and management. For the last eight years, students working at DGFC have been extremely active in developing research programmes on several flagship species including the Bornean elephant, the Bornean banteng, the sun bear, the clouded leopard, the Malay civet, the Sunda pangolin, the proboscis monkey, the slow loris and tarsier, the water monitor lizard, the estuarine crocodile and the reticulated python. A large array of innovative tools has been used, such as satellite collars, infra-red camera traps, conservation drone, land surveys and population genetics. I will review the results produced during the last eight years and highlight their direct contribution to wildlife conservation.