22 Aug

Panthera Kaplan Scholar Records Two New Species in Nepal


Two new species were recently recorded in Nepal for the first time by Panthera Kaplan scholar and PhD fellow, Madhu Chetri. Camera trap images captured in May and June of this year identified the Steppe polecat, a relative of the black-footed ferret, and the Tibetan or Himalayan wolf in Nepal’s Annapurna-Manaslu landscape – an area managed by Panthera’s partner, the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC).

Initiated in September 2013 by NTNC with the support of the Panthera Kaplan Graduate Awards, the USAID Hariyo Ban Program and Hedmark University College, Norway, this long-term ecological study is working to assess the conservation status of the endangered snow leopard and wolf in Nepal’s Annapurna-Manaslu landscape.

A wild snow leopard photographed in Nepal’s Annapurna-Manaslu region through a conservation study supported by the National Trust for Nature Conservation, Panthera’s Kaplan Graduate Awards, Hedmark University College, Norway and others.

As a Kaplan scholar, Chetri works closely with Panthera’s Snow Leopard Program Executive Director, Dr. Tom McCarthy, on a study of snow leopard ecology in the Annapurna-Manaslu region. Chetri also serves as the Senior Conservation Officer of the National Trust for Nature Conservation and is a PhD fellow at Hedmark University College, Norway.

These new findings were announced at a NTNC press conference on Friday, August 22nd, attended by government officials, academia, conservation partners and others.

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