Saturday, 24 February 2018
Blue Sheep Livestock Killed by Snow Leopard Golden Monitor Lizard Polypedates Taeniatus

Blue Sheep

Blue Sheep Found in Himalayas of Nepal

Livestock Killed by Snow Leopard

Livestock in Himalayan Region of Nepal - Killed by Snow Leopard

Golden Monitor Lizard

A Deadly Golden Monitor Lizard

Polypedates Taeniatus

A Close Up of Polypedates Taeniatus

Frogs are declining globally and anthropogenic disturbances are a major factor in local and global amphibian declines. There are eight Paa species of frog recorded in Nepal and are the most exploited frog species for food, medicinal and cultural purposes in the mountainous parts of Nepal. Among them, Paa liebigii and Paa blanfordii breed in the high altitude streams with shrub-land and found above 1500m to 4000m. The Gurung people (Ethinic community in the higher elevation of Central Himalaya of Nepal) are the major inhabitants of the area and completely rely on natural resources for their livelihood. People of all ages, but mainly children and young males, engaged in fishing. They also collected adult frogs and even tadpoles due to their delicious taste and presumed health benefits. Studies have shown that frogs are an important source of livelihood and remain an integral part of local medicinal heritage. This heavy exploitation may also lead to local or global declines and even extinctions through unsustainable collection. Monitoring the current conservation status of these species and harvesting trend is therefore a conservation priority in the study area.

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