Hunting in Keo Seima wildlife sanctuary, Cambodia 2016-2019

The collection contains three packages of data relating to hunting and law enforcement in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, Cambodia: (1) a household survey intended to estimate the prevalence of different hunting behaviours and wildlife consumption, local communities’ knowledge of rules, and their perceptions of the ranger patrols responsible for enforcing rules, (2) an experiment designed to measure the ability of ranger patrols to detect snares in a tropical forest environment, and (3) an experiment designed to measure the length of time a snare remains an active threat after it is set.

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Publication date: 2021-06-08

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Study area
Temporal extent
2016-01-01    to    2019-12-31

Provenance & quality

(1) Household surveys: between February and April 2018, we interviewed respondents from 705 households in 18 villages. (2) Snare detection experiment: we adapted a methodology originally piloted by O’Kelly et al. (2018), and established five 3.25km transects around a patrol station. Either side of each transect, we delineated 6 x 0.25 sq km (500m x 500m) quadrats at 50m intervals. Within each quadrat we set between zero and 15 snares (the number was randomly drawn from a Poisson distribution with mean = 7.5), based on estimates of typical snare densities identified by other studies (Dobson et al., 2019). Single foot snares made from black nylon string (5mm), an inexpensive material often used by hunters in this area, were set without a trigger mechanism to prevent harm to wildlife, and all snares were successfully removed at the end of each transect survey. In total, 886 artificial snares were set, 442 in dry season and 444 in wet season. We recruited local guides from surrounding communities, who were instructed to set single snares as a local hunter might, in locations they deemed suitable to catch popular prey species such as wild pig (Sus scrofa), Northern red muntjac (Muntiacus vaginalis) and sambar (Rusa unicolor). Prior to setting snares, teams explored each quadrat for 30 minutes to identify suitable snare locations. (3) Snare persistence experiment: conducted between November 2017 and August 2018. We selected two sites with different forest types in which hunting is thought to occur. Site A was situated in a patch of scrub forest surrounded by chamkar. The habitat mainly consisted of large bamboo and is thought to suffer high levels of disturbance. Site B was situated deeper in the forest around a salt lick in an area known to support relatively high densities of wildlife including elephant. The forest here primarily consisted of small bamboo groves with semi-evergreen patches.

Correspondence/contact details

Aidan Keane
University of Edinburgh
School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh


Ibbett, H.
Bangor University
Milner-Gulland, E.J.
University of Oxford
Keane, A.
University of Edinburgh

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Additional metadata

Topic categories
Environmental risk Environmental survey Land use
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/N001370/1
Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
04 May 2022 15:39