Talk: “Wild Cambodia”
Speaker: Mr. W.K Fletcher
Date: 17 December 2016 (Sat) at 4:00pm sharp.
Venue: Perak branch building 70, Jln Chan Chee Keong, Ipoh Garden South, 31400 Ipoh
K. Fletcher and Donna Baylis first lived in Ipoh from 1982-84 to work at the Southeast Asia Tin Research and Development Centre (SEATRAD) on Tiger Lane. After close encounters with the Sumatran Rhino near Selama and Rafflesia at Ulu Geroh they became committed nature photographers. So it was only natural that in 2003, when they retired from their regular jobs in Canada, they would join the Malaysia My Second Home Programme and return to Ipoh. Since then they have used Ipoh as a base to travel around SE Asia documenting its disappearing flora and fauna. As a part of that effort they have spent one month in Cambodia every year since 2005. They work as a team with Donna taking video and K doing the photography.
Intro to Wild Cambodia talk
The Eastern Plains Landscape (EPL) occupies 30,000 square km in the northeastern part of Cambodia lying within the rain shadow of the Vietnamese Annamite Mountains. From December through early April it is hot and very dry but after the rains arrive in May the rivers flow and the plains are inundated. The dominant vegetation is an open dry forest with patches of denser forest along rivers and on low hills that rise from the plains. Until the middle of the last century these dry forests teemed with wildlife – elephants, kouprey, gaur, banteng, eld’s and sambar deer with the tiger as their top predator. Then, during the unrest of the second half of the last century, the kouprey vanished and now the tiger, last recorded in 2007, has been officially declared extinct. Despite these tragic losses the EPL remains one of the last great wild places where it is possible find the birds and mammals of the dry forests that once covered much of Thailand and Cambodia: these are the subject of our talk.
It is FOC and please bring along your family, and friends (non members are also welcome) to attend.