Mammal richness and diversity in a Himalayan hotspot: the role of protected areas in conserving Bhutan’s mammals

  title={Mammal richness and diversity in a Himalayan hotspot: the role of protected areas in conserving Bhutan’s mammals},
  author={Sangay Dorji and Rajanathan Rajaratnam and Karl Vernes},
  journal={Biodiversity and Conservation},
  pages={3277 - 3297}
More than 51% of Bhutan is in a protected area (PA) network and our study demonstrates its effectiveness in conserving large and medium mammal species. We conducted camera trapping in Bhutan’s PAs, biological corridors (BCs) and intervening non-protected areas (NPAs) to investigate the richness and diversity of mammals, and assess the network’s efficacy in protecting mammals. 1858 camera traps were deployed within 1129 5-km × 5-km grids over 536 days between 2014 and 2015, resulting in 148,598… Expand

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