People’s attitudes toward Striped Hyaena (Hyaena hyaena Linnaeus, 1758) (Mammalia: Carnivora: Hyaenidae) conservation in lowland Nepal

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Shivish Bhandari
Mukesh Kumar Chalise


This study aimed to explore people’s attitudes toward Striped Hyaena conservation in lowland Nepal.  Structured questionnaire sheets were used to collect information on major threats, human casualties, and people’s perception towards Hyaenas and other carnivores.  People’s perceptions toward Hyaenas and conservation were overall positive.  During the study, 400 people were interviewed and questionnaire sheets were filled.  It was discovered that 63% had a positive attitude toward the Hyaenas.  On the other hand, 37% of the people had a negative attitude regarding the species’ conservation.  It was found that local people had understood various aspects of Hyaena ecology.  Sixty-five percent of the people responded that the Hyaena entered human populated areas due to an absence of food in the natural forests and habitat degradation.  A total of 19% of the respondents reported killing carnivores including the Hyaena due to human-carnivore conflicts. 


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Shivish Bhandari, Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Mr. Shivish Bhandari has completed an MSc in Zoology from Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal and is currently working as a principal investigator in the field of wildlife research and conservation. 

Mukesh Kumar Chalise, Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Mukesh Kumar Chalise, PhD works at Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University in the position of Associate Professor and has more than 25 years of experience in research and teaching in the field of wildlife ecology and behavior.



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