Connectivity Survey of Four-Horned Antelope in Human Disturbed Landscape between Chitwan and Banke National Parks

Connectivity Survey of Four-Horned Antelope in Human Disturbed Landscape between Chitwan and Banke National Parks

Project Animal(s) : Four-Horned Antelope
Project Category : Mammals
Project Region : Asia
Project Type : Research
Project URL : https://www.conbio.kias.org.np
Project is timebound? : Yes

Project Start Date : February 27, 2018

Four-horned antelope (FHA) is least studied and endemic species which is listed as vulnerable in the IUCN redlist and as ‘data deficient’ in the national redlist of Nepal (Jnawali et al., 2011). This study is based on the findings of previous results which are published in international journals, in particular, Pokharel, Ludwig & Storch 2016 (Ecology and Evolution) that predicted the potential distribution range of the study species. However, the prediction map is not yet verified with the ground data. Therefore, this study aims to explore the FHA-habitat relationships outside protected areas i.e. in between Chitwana and Banke National Parks by using systematic line transects. As it is proven that inclusion of local people is a must for the effective conservation of wildlife, we will put more effort to include local people in conservation education. Moreover, local people/ herders/ forest guards will be interviewed to find out potential threats to FHA. This study will provide indispensable information for the conservation of the species.

Project Researcher : Krishna Pokharel

Project Researcher Contact : [email protected]