Conservationists begin research on musk deer

Kathmandu – Conservationists have started their research on the endangered musk deer–valued for its scent glands for medicinal purpose–at Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) in northern Gorkha.
The MCAP and the Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, jointly carried out the research on the musk deer at Kaltal area in Chumnubri Rural Municipality-4 with an objective to find the number and situation of the animals along with their habitat.
The first phase of the research was completed in December after the installation of trapping cameras. The research would be completed in two phases–the first phase was completed in December, 2018, while the second phase will be conducted in the summer of 2019.
Kaltal area, which lies at an altitude of around 3,700 metres above sea level, is considered to be a major habitat of the musk deer. The animal would estimate the number of the species on the basis of information gathered from the camera and faeces of the mammal.
There are seven species of musk deer found in the world. Of them, three are found in Nepal.

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