We will carry out first of comprehensive field survey to estimating the number of wild population of Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) in District of Aceh Tamiang. Recently, we are still in organizing any preparations needed before to the field. Equipments (traps, gears, medical kits), obtain permit, transportation, communication and logistics, recruiting and training local guide are must be prepared very well. We expecting that the permit will be issued in the last week of March.
This comprehensive survey will start from second week of April until August 2012 and conducted in three times in the field. Each survey will be carry out for about two weeks. The survey will targeting mangrove forest that spread in three sub-districts in Aceh Tamiang that recorded as distribution area of Painted Terrapin.
By using method capture-mark-release-recapture, it is expected that the positive estimation of population will be available.This estimation is also will be a baseline data for conservation of Painted Terrapin here, such as for monitoring and reintroduction activity for the species. It is also expected that this activity will provide a short description of natural behavior of Painted Terrapin, such as migration pattern, density, mating season.
This survey is planned will be supported from small grant of Turtle Conservation Fund/Conservation International and Lembaga SatuCita.