Tsirang Forest Division recently rescued a critically endangered female Chinese pangolin. The injured pangolin was brought to Damphu by forestry staff with the support of a local resident. According to Mr. Kinley, Sr. Forest Ranger who led the team “The injured pangolin has been found in its defensive (rolled) position; which is a normal habit when it comes across other creatures”.
Of the eight species of pangolin occurring globally, four species are seen in Asia, most abundantly the Chinese and Indian pangolin. Chinese Pangolin is reported from Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, India, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Taiwan, Province of China, Thailand and Viet Nam. The Chinese pangolin, as per the International Union for Conservation of Nature, is on a drastic decline as a result of poaching and illegal trade.
Chief Forestry Officer said “As we are sighting and reporting this species in Tsirang Forest Divisional jurisdictional for the first time, we have plans to initiate conservation activities to ensure survival of the critically endangered Manis pentadactyla. A habitat modeling will be immediately done to confirm its habitat range within the State Reserved Forest in Tsirang to initiate a study on its distribution within the Dzongkhag”.
With minor injury on her head she has been treated at Damphu Veterinary Hospital. After treatment and recovery she has been released to her natural habitat.