Knowledge of Critically Endangered Chinese pangolin
Chinese pangolin is the world’s most heavily trafficked small mammal for luxury food and traditional medicine. Additionally, populations face extreme habitat degradation. Despite the knowledge that their populations are rapidly declining worldwide, it has been difficult to monitor their population status because of this rarity and nocturnal behavior. Management strategies to identify drivers of species occurrence and population dynamics are incorporated in the Nepalese conservation action plan. Using site occupancy sampling of Chinese pangolin sign in protected and non-protected areas in central Nepal, we worked to provide the first occupancy modeling based on habitat use. Acknowledging the important role local people play in species conservation, we surveyed people living in suitable and unsuitable Chinese pangolin habitat.