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Conservation by indigenous parabiologists

Discussion in 'Bangladesh' started by DesertRhino150, 30 Nov 2018.

  1. DesertRhino150

    DesertRhino150 Well-Known Member

    15 Jul 2010
    Members of the Mro indigenous group in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh have become parabiologists (people lacking in formal education but trained to carry out specific scientific tasks) that set up camera traps, monitor hunting and consumption of turtles and other wild animals in villages, protect hornbill nests and serve as community leaders. These parabiologists have found evidence of tiger, leopard, clouded leopard, marbled cat, dhole, gaur, sambar, hoolock gibbon, Phayre's leaf monkey and several species of turtle and tortoise, including the first locales for the Arakan forest and keeled box turtles in Bangladesh.

    Their work in rescuing and releasing turtles has meant the hunting of these animals has dropped by 50 percent in the areas they've covered. They have also established the first in-country captive breeding colonies for the Arakan forest turtle and Asian giant tortoise to help secure the future of the two species.

    More information can be found on the link below:
    The Bangladeshi tribe that’s guarding turtles, co-authoring research papers
  2. Kakapo

    Kakapo Well-Known Member

    3 Mar 2009
    Zaragoza, Spain
    This is the kind of news that I like to read!