Habitat Features Associated with Chinese Pangolin Distribution in Nagarjun and Ranibari Forests, Kathmandu, Nepal

Read a research from Environment Protection and Study Center (ENPROSC)’s team member Mr. Chandramani Aryal,  published in the Journal ‘GoldenGate Journal of Science & Technology’ a journal published by GoldenGate International College in November 2018.  Read an abstract below or click on the provided link to redirect to the main article.

Chinese Pangolin, despite having wide distribution and high conservation priority worldwide, is yet to receive the adequate scientific attention in Nepal. They have specific habitat requirements, thus understanding their habitat niche is important for conservation of species. The study was carried out in Nagarjun and Ranibari forest of Shivapuri Nagarjun national park. The major objective was to understand habitat requirements of the species. Factors affecting presence absence were modelled using logistic regression approach. Altogether thirty two burrows (17 active burrows, 6 old burrows and 9 feeding burrows) were recorded. Elevation, canopy cover and dominance of Schima wallichii were found to affect the distribution of species. Canopy management and regulation on use of Schima wallichii from the habitat of the pangolin might benefit the conservation of Chinese pangolin. Besides, as the majority of burrows were found near the trails, focus should be on monitoring of the human interference along the trails.

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