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Conservation of Indian Pangolin in 85 villages

by Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra Vetted since 2015 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified
Conservation of Indian Pangolin in 85 villages
Conservation of Indian Pangolin in 85 villages
Conservation of Indian Pangolin in 85 villages
Conservation of Indian Pangolin in 85 villages
Conservation of Indian Pangolin in 85 villages
Conservation of Indian Pangolin in 85 villages
Conservation of Indian Pangolin in 85 villages
Conservation of Indian Pangolin in 85 villages
Conservation of Indian Pangolin in 85 villages
Conservation of Indian Pangolin in 85 villages
Conservation of Indian Pangolin in 85 villages
Conservation of Indian Pangolin in 85 villages
Conservation of Indian Pangolin in 85 villages
Conservation of Indian Pangolin in 85 villages

Summary

Pangolins, the only scaly, ant-eating mammals known to the world are rapidly declining globally due to illegal secret killing for their scales & meat. Also, its captive breeding yields limited success. Hence, their natural populations & habitats need to be safeguarded.As Pangolins are nocturnal, shy & solitary creatures leading a secretive life;their ecology,behavior & wild population levels are unknown. SNM intends to study these & generate awareness in the local community for its conservation.

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Challenge

There have been three recent incidents of seizure of Indian Pangolin scales in Chiplun taluka. The consignments collectively weighed 57kg, implying that about 36 pangolins got killed brutally. A detailed referencing revealed absence of a thorough study on its populations and ecology. Hence,SNM initiated systematic studies on Pangolin ecology and behaviour in natural conditions.It also exposed the very low awareness levels among the local community about it.

Solution

Preliminary survey by SNM in 2016 provided vital information like villages in which Pangolin was reported in recent past. Camera traps would be set to monitor & record the Pangolin activity. A few more locations would be identified through qualitative survey & discussion with local informants.The success rate of documentation of camera trap is very low due to secretive nature of Pangolin & in general they are naturally rare in occurrence.Door-to-door meetings and awareness programs would be held

Long-Term Impact

Pioneer systematic study on Pangolin ecology and habitat would help in chalking plan for long-term conservation actions. Identification of pockets with the presence of Pangolin activity would facilitate understanding of its food preferences across different seasons.Awareness activities would help in initiation of community efforts for the conservation of the Indian Pangolin.This would also yield local community rangers who would monitor all the activities for curbing the secret killings.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​snmcpn.org/​
All known facts about Pangolin can be found here
International Pangolin Day celebration - 2016
International Pangolin Day celebration 2017

Organization Information

Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra

Location: Chiplun, Maharashtra - India
Website: http:/​/​snmcpn.org/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Raghunandan Velankar
Chiplun, Maharashtra India
$1,332 raised of $7,500 goal
 
23 donations
$6,168 to go
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