This report describes the results of a survey for a globally endangered crocodilian, the False Gharial (Tomistoma schlegelii) undertaken in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, from August-September 2004. Baseline information on distribution, abundance and conservation status of this species is currently unavailable from most areas of Kalimantan. This is the third crocodile survey in West Kalimantan Province involving quantitative (spotlight survey) techniques.
The current survey confirmed findings of False Gharial status in one site surveyed eight years previously (Danau Sentarum National Park) and documented False Gharial status in three sites previously unsurveyed for crocodiles (Sibau River in Betung Kerihun National Park, Gunung Palung National Park and Tapah/Kepulu Rivers, Fig. 1).
The project was a cooperative effort between the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources West Kalimantan (Balai Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam Kalimantan Barat) (BKSDA), the Tomistoma Task Force of the Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG-TTF), and the People, Resources, and Conservation Foundation (PRCF), and was funded by CSG-TTF, PRCF and the National Geographic Society. During surveys in Danau Sentarum National Park, technical assistance was provided to a National Geographic team that was filming False Gharials.