Where the photos were taken




  How was the exhibition compiled?

1) Put about 100 camera traps up on trees over an area of 500km2 in the remotest parts of two protected areas over a period of 4 years
2) Scan the negatives at low resolution
3) From over 8000 scans pick the best 50 photos
4) Rescan at high resolution
5) Edit in photoshop
6) Print from digital or negative to give best result
7) Frame and hang pictures
8) Bring the other items for display from the protected areas
9) Describe the pictures and other items, translate into Lao, print, laminate and mount
10) Compile a slide show of interesting sequences
11) Get recordings of birds and gibbons to play
12) Invite people
13) Put on a party!



How does a snare work?


  snare work  

1) Find a well-used animal track
2) Make a hole in the track
3) Put the loop of wire in the bottom of the hole
4) Trap the toggle under a bent stick stuck in the ground next to the path
5) Hold the bottom of the toggle in place with another stick
6) Rest some sticks on the holding stick on top of the wire loop, so that the toggle will be released if an animal steps on it
7) Keep the wire taught by attaching it to a sapling which has been bent over
8) Secure the end to a strong tree
9) Cover the snare with leaves so animals can’t see it
10) If animals can pass the snare without stepping on it, build a fence so they have to walk there



Relative sizes of Deer

  sizes of Deer  
Lesser Mouse Deer
shoulder height
Common muntjac
shoulder height 56-58 cm
shoulder height 102-160 cm




Relative sizes of Cats




Body length is 140-280cm and tail length is 60 to 95cm

up to 171cm plus tail length is up to 100cm
cats3 Clouded leopard:
61-106cm with a 90cm tail
Asian golden cat:
75-85cm without the tail
cats5 Marbled cat:
45-62cm with a similar length of tail
Leopard cat:
45-60cm length without the tail


Tiger food web



What is tigers’ main food?

What else eats tiger food?

Hunting allowed (not for sale) Hunting not allowed




Activity sheet

How much do you know about these animals?

Answer these questions and you could win a guide to the birds of Laos!
1) What’s the smallest hooved animal in the world and how big are their hooves?
2) What’s the second largest hoofed animal in the world (after the giraffe) and how much do they weigh?
3) What animals do tigers mainly eat?
4) What else eats the animals that tigers eat?
5) What are the main differences between a clouded leopard and a marbled cat?
6) These photos show the first observation of what behavior in Asian golden cats?
7) There are two animals which were first photographed in the wild in Laos in these photos: which ones?
8) Which non-carnivores came to look at the camera?
9) How would you tell the difference between the three types of macaque?
10) What illegal activities are shown in these pictures?
11) How many different tigers can you count in the picture of the tiger sides?
12) What animal is called the curly-tailed civet in Lao?
13) What is the wild ancestor of the chicken and what does its Lao name mean in English?



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