Conservation of Indian Pangolin in 85 villages

by Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra
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
Indian Pangolin Habitat
Indian Pangolin Habitat

Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra (SNM) team thanks donors for their valuable contribution and GlobalGiving for providing a platform to spread the word about our work and fundraising.

SNM conducted field surveys on 25th June at Choravane village. Camera traps are still deployed in the field for the study of faunal diversity.

We have faced a devastating flood on 21st & 22nd July which affected Chiplun city and adjacent villages. Our office, electrical equipment’s, Computers, Laptops, Projectors and vehicles got damaged. All the records and books got submerged.

We’ve resumed our office after the cleanup but It’ll take time to resume all project activities because we don’t have sufficient Trap cameras, computers, vehicles and other equipment. We are receiving help from our donors and well-wishers.

We are in contact with our local guides and will resume our ground activities by the end of September 2021.

Thank you again to all for your support.

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Awareness board
Awareness board

Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra team thanks to our well-wishers and donors for committing to transform the lives of physically disabled people. Also, we are grateful to GlobalGiving for providing a platform to spread the word about our work and fundraising.

SNM had initiated Pangolin conservation in the Sindhudurg, district in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. SNM with the growing support from the community, and donors had increased the conservation initiative in the Konkan region.

Education, awareness, and outreach within Stakeholder

  • SNM through official communication had sensitized 740 individual village heads across 740 villages of Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, India.
  • SNM displayed 30 awareness signage boards at a prime location to outreach mass awareness in Sindhudurg District.
  • Educated and sensitized 3255 individuals within the community through specially designed leaflets in the local Marathi language.
  • Distributed 810 copies of the book ‘The Secret of Pangolin’ to raise the pangolin profile in the region.
  • Community stakeholders were sensitized through social media webinar sessions due to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

 Camera trap Survey and Field Survey

  • A questionnaire survey was conducted in 178 villages and collected baseline data on the presence of the species in the Sindhudurg district.
  • According to the baseline data, 22 camera traps were deployed to document the presence, distribution, and ecology of the species in the region.
  • Field survey and camera trap deployment were carried with the help of community traditional and cultural knowledge.

 Collaboration to raise Pangolin Profile

  • SNM Collaborate with the two renowned philatelists Dr. Indraneil das international scientist, herpetologist, and professor at Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, University Malaysia, Sarawak. Dr.Ajit Vartak an Indian Paleontologist and retired professor from the Department of Geology and Petroleum Technology, Nowrosjee Wadia College.
  • SNM in collaboration with Dr. Indraneil Das and Dr Ajit Varatak had developed a book “Pangolins on Coins and Stamps of the World” to raise the pangolin profile globally.

World Pangolin Day Celebration

  • SNM hosted World Pangolin day in collaboration with the Forest Department and released the published book ‘Pangolin on Coins and stamps of the World’. The book was released in the presence of one of the book author Dr.Ajit Vartak.
  • 172 copies of the book “Pangolins on Coins and Stamps of the World” shared national and internationally including pioneers organizations working for the conservation of the Pangolin such as IUCN pangolin SG Co-chairpersons, Save Pangolin Indian Group, Wildlife Institute of India (WII), B.N.H.S (Bombay Natural History Society), Biodiversity department of Garware Institute, Pune University and other important Stakeholder.
Distribution of Book 'The Secret of Pangolin'
Distribution of Book 'The Secret of Pangolin'
Field Survey
Field Survey
Published book to raise Pangolin profile globally
Published book to raise Pangolin profile globally
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Awareness sessions for Students
Awareness sessions for Students

We are thankful to each and every donor for your precious support towards our projects, especially during Covid- 19 lockdown, as restrictions are decreased step by step; we have started our fieldwork with additional safety measures.

One Pangolin awareness lecture and Nature trail held for school students at Bhile village. Awareness pamphlets distributed to students. Total 42 Camera traps deployed on active burrows in the Konkan region. Camera trap data revealed mesmerizing biodiversity of Western Ghats. Leopard, Wild boar, Porcupines, and many more mammalian species captured in camera traps. Pangolin activity recorded in total of 6 camera traps.

We observed an increase in the number of seizures of live pangolins as well as scales; we have started field surveys to gather information regarding pangolin activities. We are working on trap camera data to analyze the activities of the pangolins. We are also gathering information through digital platforms like Google forms; one form is created to gather information about Pangolins Habits, Occurrence, and current threats.

We will start field activities after the removal of the restrictions, Thank you for your keen support to the project.

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Our Field Officer deploying Camera trap
Our Field Officer deploying Camera trap

Hope you all are safe in this pandemic, we are thankful to you for your valuable contribution to our project. Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra is working hard for the accomplishment of the project. But we have some limitations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to lockdown, we had to stop all of our field activities and awareness programs. But still, our team is taking efforts to conserve the species. We are working on the trap camera data collected in previous months in order to find the burrow preference of pangolins. We are also studying pangolins co-relation with other animals in the jungle through trap camera photographs.

We are in contact with all of our guides and collecting information regarding sightings of pangolin. We are also guiding locals for their alternate livelihood initiatives as it’s very important nowadays. We are currently spreading awareness through social media platforms and through online lectures. As soon as the lockdown ends we will restart the field activities, till that time we are thankful to you for your support.

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Pangolin replica worshiped & placed in Palanquin
Pangolin replica worshiped & placed in Palanquin

We pray everyone should stay safe and healthy in this pandemic situation and thankful for every donor who is contributing cause for the conservation of the species and biodiversity. Your support is inspiring us to work hard on ground in the field of Nature conservation.

In this Covid-19 pandemic situation the nation was under lockdown due to which many conservation field activities were not possible to complete.

  • To outreach mass awareness Khawlotsav (Pangolin festival) was celebrated in traditional and cultural form on 16th February 2020 on the occasion of World Pangolin Day at Dugve village in chiplun block of Ratnagiri District.
  • 16 Camera traps were deployed at new locations to document species distribution, ecology and behavior in the wild.
  • Camera trap data were retrieved.
  • 2 Sub Adult Pangolin released in wild in collaboration with forest department.
  • 1 Adult Pangolin was rescued by SNM team member from the society and released into the wild in collaboration with the forest department.
  • Digital outreach mass awareness through social media.
Villagers worshiped Pangolin as God on Khawlotsav
Villagers worshiped Pangolin as God on Khawlotsav
Traditional worship dance with Pangolin replica
Traditional worship dance with Pangolin replica
Camera trap Deployment
Camera trap Deployment
Social media outreach mass awareness
Social media outreach mass awareness
Rescued Indian Pangolin released in wild
Rescued Indian Pangolin released in wild

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Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra

Location: Chiplun, Maharashtra - India
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Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra
Raghunandan Velankar
Project Leader:
Raghunandan Velankar
Chiplun, Maharashtra India

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