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TRAINING ON POPULATION ESTIMATION ON KOMODO MONITOR June 2, 2008

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SHORT TRAINING FOR KSDA STAFF ON INTRODUCTION TO POPULATION ESTIMATION USING ECOLOGICAL METHODOLOGY SOFTWARE (KREBS, 2002) FOR MARK RECAPTURE DATA ON KOMODO MONITOR

Ruteng, 19 May 2008

M Jeri Imansyah, Deni Purwandana

Introduction

To increase capacity of staff of KSDA NTT and to give introduction on Mark Recapture methodology and population analysis based on mark recapture data that prepared for Komodo dragon population estimation on Flores, a short training on Introduction of Mark recapture methodology and use of Ecological Methodology (Krebs, 2002) computer program to estimate animal population was carried out in the KSDA NTT Office in Ruteng.

Methodology

Training was carried out during two sessions. The first session included lectures on basic of population study in animal, mark recapture, and application of “Ecological Methodology (Krebs, 2002)” computer program given by the instructor, followed by a discussion where trainees were asking questions and additional information on specific procedures. During the second session, an open discussion went through research methodology applied to animal population size estimates.

Results

The training course was attended by 22 members of staff from Bidang II KSDA NTT. Open discussion mostly dealt with implementation of mark-recapture methods for estimating animal population size on Flores. Species of interest was the Komodo monitor Varanus komodoensis. However, since none of KSDA staff had been involved in previous field work involving mark-recapture, nor they were acquainted with data analysis, the training mostly focused on basic concepts and logistics for the implementation of methods in the field.

Conclusions and Recommendations

  1. The training material was perhaps too advance for KSDA NTT staff, since no one of them has been involved in mark-recapture studies before.
  2. Time available to explain the theory of mark-recapture methods was insufficient and further training sessions should be scheduled along with practical sessions involving KSDA staff in mark-recapture field techniques, for instance in Komodo National Park. Training sessions involving both KSDA NTT and KNP staff are therefore recommended.
  3. Further training sessions to consider the basics of mark-recapture methodology for the Komodo monitor in more details should be carried out, along with training on alternative census methodologies for population size estimates of other wildlife in Komodo National Park and Flores.

Acknowledgements

We thank Luhut Sihombing, the Head of Balai Besar KSDA NTT, and Suprihatna, head of Bidang II KSDA NTT, for organizing the training sessions. The course was part of an MoU between Komodo Survival Program and Balai Besar KSDA NTT. Funds were provided by the European Aquaria and Zoos Association.

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