Turtle Survey in Chure Region of Nepal
ENPROSC has been conducting field research based on the status of turtles in the chure region of Nepal. The conservation in this region comes directly under the The Government of Nepal’s President Chure-Tarai Madhesh Conservation Program. The region which is rich in biodiversity with 1,308 species out of the total 1,988 species of flora and fauna found in Nepal harbors 51% and 68% of the total number of amphibians and reptiles found in Nepal. ENPROSC’s team member Mr. Pramananda Rajbanshi has been conducting his research project based on turtle habitat in the chure hills since early 2019.
The project which is being conducted in collaboration from Companions for Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal and GoldenGate International College is supported by different community forests in the region. Mr. Rajbanshi’s current research specifically focuses Nawalpasari, Rupandehi, Kapilbastu and Palpa districts in the Chure-Tarai Madhesh region. This research aims on addressing the existing gaps with limited efforts for conservation of turtles in Nepal. We are also happy to share that Mr. Rajbanshi has also been actively involved in raising awareness about the status of turtles in the region. His efforts in support from the community forests have been successful in rehabilitation of a number of turtles into the wild that were previously kept as pet.