Research with SCSET
So why would anyone want to study in tropical Southeast Asia? Thailand has a wide range of plant and animal life found nowhere else on earth. Many of the endemic species here have not been properly studied, and many are new to science altogether. Here at Sakaerat Environmental Research Station (SERS), we strive to study and understand the diversity and interactions between the various species that thrive here. We have an extremely supportive director with exceptional staff and facilities that make it a pleasure to do research here. Support is something essential for any project's success. Here at SERS, we believe it is crucial that conservation and outreach go hand in hand. You need the support of the local people if you ever want to see your conservation efforts be successful.
Sakaerat has many mammal species that can be quite elusive. Night hikes are an excellent way to up your chances of seeing some of the unique mammals here. If you are lucky you may get a glimpse of a Leopard cat (Prionailurus begalensis), or maybe even a Leopard (Panthera pardus). Leopards have been spotted during the last 30 years, but would be a rare sight indeed. We also have two species of bear, the Asiatic Black Bear (Ursus thibetanus) and Malayan Sunbears (Ursus malayanus). It is not unusual to see claw marks in trees during hikes through the jungle. You can almost always see signs like scat or wallows from the large populations of civets and wild boar during hikes. There are also Doles (Cuon alpinus), Jackals (Canis aureus), White Squirrels (Callosciurus finlaysoni), Slow Loris (Nycticebus coucang), Pangolin (Manis javanica), and many species of bat to just name a few more.
The bird species in Sakaerat have drawn in bird watchers from all over the globe. Occasionally you can see threatened Wreathed Hornbills (Rhyticeros undulatus), and Great Hornbills (Buceros bicornis). Due to the large number of snakes in Thailand, it is common to see Crested Serpent Eagles (Spilornis cheela). It is also common to see green Vernal Hanging Parrots (Loriculus vernalis) swooping through the trees around the station. With around 235 species of birds to choose from, any bird watcher would be happy for a long time.
Sakaerat is home to both the longest venomous snake , the King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), and the longest snake in the world, the Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus). Many snake species like these need further study, and it seems like every day we learn something new and exciting.
Visit the link below for information on the SERS fauna.