First camera trap record of Red Panda Ailurus fulgens (Cuvier, 1825) (Mammalia: Carnivora: Ailuridae) from Khangchendzonga, Sikkim, India

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Tawqir Bashir
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5176-0657
Tapajit Bhattacharya
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1154-4033
Kamal Poudyal
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2890-6050
Sambandam Sathyakumar
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2027-4706

Abstract

The Red Panda Ailurus fulgens (Cuvier, 1825) is recognized as one of the most elusive arboreal carnivores of the eastern Himalaya that is poorly documented.  We report the first camera trap record of the Red Panda from the Prek catchment of Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve (KBR) in Sikkim, India.  A total of three independent image captures were recorded during the sampling.  All occurrence records were exclusively from the sub-alpine habitat and restricted to an elevation range of 3,000–3,850 m.  This study not only accentuates the significance of sub-alpine habitats for the conservation of the Red Panda but also elucidates the importance of camera traps as an efficient sampling tool.  Through this study, we propose the requirement of a long-term study on the species within and outside the protected areas of Sikkim.

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Bashir, T., Bhattacharya, T., Poudyal, K. and Sathyakumar, S. 2019. First camera trap record of Red Panda Ailurus fulgens (Cuvier, 1825) (Mammalia: Carnivora: Ailuridae) from Khangchendzonga, Sikkim, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 11, 8 (Jun. 2019), 14056–14061. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.4626.11.8.14056-14061.
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Author Biographies

Tawqir Bashir, Centre of Research for Development, University of Kashmir, Hazratbal, Jammu & Kashmir 190006, India.

DST-INSPIRE Faculty

Centre of Research for Development

Tapajit Bhattacharya, Wildlife Institute of India, Post Box #18, Chandrabani, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001, India.

Project Scientist (DST-NMSHE Project)

Kamal Poudyal, Namchi Government College, Kamrang, Namchi, Sikkim 737126, India.

Assistant Professor

Sambandam Sathyakumar, Wildlife Institute of India, Post Box #18, Chandrabani, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001, India.

Professor & Scientist- G

Department of Endangered Species Management

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