|Date||2 May 2012|
Dholes (Cuon alpinus) are threatened with extinction. Fewer than 2500 mature dholes remain in diverse climatic condition from tropical heat to the freezing cold in the wild and the decreasing population trend is expected to continue (Durbin et al. 2008). National red list of mammals estimated below 250 dholes within Protected Area (PA) of Nepal but still there is no reliable estimate for any population and no reliable method tested. Persecution, habitat loss, depletion of prey base, interspecies competition, and possibly disease transfer from feral and domestic dogs are major threats. However, conservation initiatives tend to focus on more charismatic carnivores such as tigers and ignore pressing issues for the protection and management of dholes.
We conducted first study of dhole in KCA in 2010/2011 and confirmed the presence of dhole through camera trapping records. This continuous project provides us updated camera trapping information and follows up of the dhole project in KCA. This study significantly increases our scientific knowledge on ecology of the unknown and less studies dhole. Community people will engage continuously for dhole conservation awareness program. Local and national level media will also be in continuous update to deliver conservation news of endangered dholes. University students, political leaders, conservation professionals and general public will be awarded through dhole conservation awareness programs.
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