Wildlife Conservation

Endangered species - Nepal

Deforestation in Nepal has left acres land barren for years. As forests are destroyed, animal species lose their natural habitat and become more at risk of extinction. There are twenty-seven endangered mammal species located in Nepal’s forests. Below are two endangered species that the work of restoring natural habitats helps protect through your support.

The Chitwan National Park where we work is home to some of Nepal’s most endangered species. In some cases, it is the only refuge they may get. One of the last populations of the One-Horned Asian Rhinoceros lives within the forest, while the dense forest may be the last hunting grounds for the Bengal Tiger.

We have partnered with Chitwan National Park since 2015, helping to restore the surrounding forests and to create natural buffer zones. Below is a list of some endangered species that call Nepal home:

Red Panda

Red pandas are one of the many species struggling to survive. The primary reasons red pandas are endangered include deforestation, hunting, and pet trading. Red pandas spend most of their life in trees. As forests are destroyed for farming, grazing, and logging, the red panda population loses their natural home, leaving them at risk in unprotected areas. Over the last fifty years, the red panda population has decreased by approximately forty percent. It is estimated that only two thousand five hundred adult red pandas remain in the wild today.

One-Horned Asian Rhinoceros

One-Horned Asian Rhinoceros

Asian Elephants

Asian elephants are the largest land mammals on the continent of Asia. Over the past seventy-five years, the population of Asian elephants has declined by approximately fifty percent. It is estimated that twenty to fifty thousand Asian elephants exist in the wild today. The primary reasons Asian elephants have become endangered is due to deforestation, fragmentation, poaching, and human-elephant conflict. As Asian elephants’ natural habitat decreases in size, they more often come into conflict with humans. Asian elephants raid crops, damage farmers’ fields, ruin houses, etc. As a result, humans occasionally kill Asian elephants to protect their property and families. Without a natural habitat, these confrontations become more prevalent.

Protecting endangered species

The risk of extinction increases for all of the species in Nepal as poaching, hunting, pet trading, and deforestation continues. We are taking action to protect and restore natural habitats in Nepal. We have been working in Nepal since 2015. We employ thousands of local community members to restore their forests by planting trees. We also has a partnership with Chitwan National Park, a World Heritage Site in Nepal. By partnering with the National Park system, we are helping to protect and create a reforested zone vital to preserving animal habitats.

Endangered species

Critically Endangered

  • Pygmy Hog
  • Red-Crowned Roofed Turtle
  • Gharial

Endangered

  • Asian Elephant
  • Dhole
  • Himalayan Musk Deer
  • Red Panda
  • Snow Leopard
  • Bengal Tiger
  • Asian Water Buffalo

Vulnerable

  • Clouded Leopard
  • Indian Rhinoceros

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