|Categories||Conflict, Mammals, People|
|Date||19 Dec 2013|
The purpose of the proposed pilot study is to conduct the first assessment of presence/absence of five felid species in North-east Bangladesh. We will specifically focus on the clouded leopard. Both camera traps and sign surveys will be carried out to estimate felid abundance. The level of human felid conflict will be assessed, as well as the level of human impact on the habitat. The results from this study will be used as a basis for further surveys on felid abundance in the entire North-east region of Bangladesh with a focus on their relative abundance and potential distribution.
This pilot project will be the first study to focus on elucidating the status and ecology of small to medium sized felids in North-east Bangladesh. There are currently no conservation initiatives targeting small to medium sized felids in Bangladesh, and little is known of their status or ecology anywhere in the country. Anecdotal observations and historical information indicate that the Northeast region may be an integral area for the conservation of small felids in the country; however, there have been no previous studies of small felids in the region. The forest of North-east Bangladesh is already heavily fragmented and the landscape is largely human-dominated. This makes it very important to quickly identify remaining habitat for small felids in the area, and begin to develop and focus conservation strategies and initiatives. This project will lead not only to the initiation of these activities, but will provide an important base of information for the long-term conservation of small felids in Bangladesh.
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