Anthropogenic Threats to Survival of the Critically Endangered Chinese
Pangolins(Manis pentadactyla) and their Habitat in Kavrepalanchowk Nepal
Published on: December 17, 2021

Human activities are the prime reasons that cause the decline of Chinese Pangolins(Manis pentadactyla) throughout the world. Globally, the limited area is managed under protected areas while most of the area lies outside protected areas where anthropogenic threats are experienced high. Incessant increase in the threats has led Pangolinsto to a high risk of extinction in Nepal. This study was carried between October 2016 to January 2017 in Balthali VDC of Kavrepalanchowk district using semi-structured questionnaire interviews (n=117) to assess prevailing anthropogenic threats to Chinese Pangolinsand habitat. Almost all respondents agreed that human activities are major threats to the Pangolinsand habitat. More than half of the respondents stated that poaching and illegal trade,
habitat destruction, and haphazard construction and development activities like hotel and road constructions have resulted in reduced Pangolinspopulation. Moreover, intentional human-induced forest fire, heavy grazing, and a significant increase in the use of chemical insecticides are diminishing the habitat of Chinese pangolins. To secure the long-term conservation of Chinese Pangolinsand their habitat we suggest the promotion of public awareness activities.

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