Last year we were able to fund vital Dhole research to find out where these endangered wild dogs were living and how best to protect them.
Researcher Ambika Khatiwada has been in touch with the latest results from DNA testing and diet analysis of dhole scats collected in Kathmandu.
Out of 82 dhole samples tested only 6 samples were found to be dhole positive. The result is not encouraging, but may be due to the use of old samples and some contamination. For the next survey they are planning to conduct lab work with amplifying techniques with qualified field technicians.
All the information will be put together in a digital dhole map and used to create a conservation plan with the local people who have the management responsibility for this important conservation area.
This project will continue so they can refine these new techniques and help save Nepal’s dholes. Ambika commented “Your support is immensely valuable to Nepal’s dhole conservation. Thank you for your generous support.”