The status of Nepal’s mammals

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Rajan Amin
Hem Sagar Baral
Babu Ram Lamichhane
Laxman Prasad Poudyal
Samantha Lee
Shant Raj Jnawali
Krishna Prasad Acharya
Gopal Prasad Upadhyaya
Megh Bahadur Pandey
Rinjan Shrestha
Dipesh Joshi
Janine Griffiths
Ambika Prasad Khatiwada
Naresh Subedi


The main objectives of the Nepal National Mammal Red Data Book (RDB) were to provide comprehensive and up-to-date accounts of 212 mammal species recorded in Nepal, assess their status applying the IUCN Guidelines at Regional Levels, identify threats and recommend the most practical measures for their conservation.  It is hoped that the Mammal RDB will help Nepal achieve the Convention on Biological Diversity target of preventing the extinction of known threatened species and improving their conservation status.  Of the 212 mammal species assessed, 49 species (23%) were listed as nationally threatened.  These comprise nine (18%) Critically Endangered species, 26 (53%) Endangered species and 14 (29%) Vulnerable species.  One species was considered regionally Extinct.  A total of seven species (3%) were considered Near Threatened and 83 species (39%) were Data Deficient.  Over sixty percent of Nepal’s ungulates are threatened and almost half of Nepal’s carnivores face extinction (45% threatened).  Bats and small mammals are the least known groups with 60 species being Data Deficient.  Habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation are the most significant threats.  Other significant threats include illegal hunting, small and fragmented populations, reduction of prey base, human wildlife conflict and persecution, climate change, invasive species, disease and inadequate knowledge and research.  Adequate measures to address these threats are described.  It was also concluded that re-assessments of the status of certain mammal groups be carried out every five years and the setting up of a national online species database and mapping system would also greatly help in land-use planning and policies.

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Rajan Amin, Zoological Society of London, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY

Senior Wildlife Biologist

Conservation Programmes


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