Small carnivores are integral part of our ecosystem. However, in Nepal they are highly neglected in terms of conservation initiatives and research. Our project has initiated the first ever conservation and research focused solely on small carnivores in eastern Nepal. The goal of our project is to update the status of small carnivores in eastern Nepal and bring community to the frontline of conservation. We are taking two approaches to conserve small carnivores. The first one is conducting scientifically sound research on small carnivores in eastern Nepal. We want our research to be statistically strong, use cutting edge technology, and be useful for wildlife managers in a practical sense. Our second approach is to bring the community forward as leaders of conservation. To make this possible, our first course of action is to make them realise the importance of small carnivores. We are doing this with conservation camps, informal discussions, posters, and booklets. For the first phase of conservation camps, we are targeting students. Our previous experience has shown us that students are a very effective way to spread conservation messages. Students tell their parents, relatives and friends which creates a chain of reaction.
Our needs are based on the research and conservation activities we do for our project. For our research component, we need:
- Camera traps
For our conservation activities, we need:
- Photographs of small carnivores
- Ideas/experiences of conservation
- A powerful portable projector
- Conservation games/materials
Also it would be great if you could share insights on making camera traps theft proof and follow us on social media.
We succeeded in capturing Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) in our camera traps in Tinjure-Milke-Jaljale area. Locals and organizations working there had suspected that Red Pandas were extinct in the area. Similarly, capturing Asiatic Golden Cat (Catopuma temminckii) in our camera trap was another success as it was the second photographic record of the species from the country.