Endangered Species- Nepal

May 2020

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 of Eden Reforestation Projects.

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.

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. Eden Reforestation Projects is taking action to protect and restore natural habitats in Nepal. Eden Reforestation Projects has been working in three distinct regions of Nepal since 2015. Hundreds of local villagers are employed by Eden Reforestation Projects to restore their forests by planting trees. Over 4 million trees have been planted in Nepal, and thousands more are planted each day. Eden Reforestation Projects also has a partnership with Chitwan National Park, a World Heritage Site in Nepal. By partnering with the National Park system, Eden Reforestation Projects is helping to protect and create a reforested buffer zone that is vital to preserving animal habitats.

Examples of Other Endangered Species

  • Bengal Tiger
  • Dhole
  • Gharial
  • One horned rhinoceros
  • Snow leopard

To help with the preservation of the natural habitat of these species, please visit our Donate page. Thank you for all of your support.