Despite strong laws and policies, pangolins are decreasing throughout Nepal due to habitat destruction, killing for meat and scales, illegal poaching and trafficking. Unlike other endangered mammal species, most pangolin habitats are outside the protected areas in agricultural farms and nearby human-dominated landscapes. In addition to ecological knowledge, local communities who host pangolins and their conservation perception are crucial in developing conservation innervations. This project aims to explore the status and threats to the pangolins through direct site observation and interviews with local communities. It assists to division forest office to develop the pangolin conservation plan at the district level.
Partners: Division Forest Office Kavrepalnchok, Phoenix Zoo
Project Period: 2019