The Bengal Florican
Urgent Project

Save the Critically Endangered Bengal Florican and Elongated Tortoise in Nepal

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Project Overview

Over 60 threatened species depend on the rich and biodiverse ecosystems of Southern Nepal for their survival.

  • Species at Risk

    Bengal Florican (CR), White-rumped Vulture (CR), Indian Vulture (CR), Chinese Pangolin (CR), Elongated Tortoise (CR), Leith’s Softshell Turtle (CR), South Asian River Dolphin (EN)

  • Carbon stored

    12,273,106 mT*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    KTK-BELT

  • 215,859 Acres Conserved by

    Designation

Project Cost: $1,779,731
Funding Raised: $302,014

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Nepal
Acres

215,859

Project Overview

Over 60 threatened species depend on the rich and biodiverse ecosystems of Southern Nepal for their survival.

  • Species at Risk

    Bengal Florican (CR), White-rumped Vulture (CR), Indian Vulture (CR), Chinese Pangolin (CR), Elongated Tortoise (CR), Leith’s Softshell Turtle (CR), South Asian River Dolphin (EN)

  • Carbon stored

    12,273,106 mT*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    KTK-BELT

  • 215,859 Acres Conserved by

    Designation

Project Cost: £1,338,143
Funding Raised: £227,078

Please note that your donation may not be immediately reflected in the funding thermometer above.

Nepal
Acres

215,859

Did you know?

Over 60

Threatened Species Live Within the Proposed Area

Project Overview

The Terai Jungle is home to many threatened species, including the Critically Endangered Bengal Florican, a bustard with global numbers estimated at less than 1,000. The Critically Endangered Elongated Tortoise is equally at risk from loss of habitat, mass harvesting for food and religious purposes, and the pet trade. The Critically Endangered Chinese Pangolin also depends on this ecosystem for its survival.

Rainforest Trust and our local partner, KTK-BELT, are working to protect a 215,859-acre swath of wetlands and lower montane habitat here. This area will be designated as an Indigenous Community Conservation Area. It is the capstone to projects conducted in the region over the past four years and completes a 646,000-acre wildlife corridor from the Koshi Tappu floodplains to the third tallest peak in the world, the 28,169-foot Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Header photo: The Bengal Florican, by SURAJEET96

Explore the Terai Jungle of Nepal

The Bengal Florican, by Nejib Ahmed
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The Bengal Florican, by Nejib Ahmed

The Elongated Tortoise, by tontantravel
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The Elongated Tortoise, by tontantravel

The Fangfangden waterfall, courtesy KTK-BELT
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The Fangfangden waterfall, courtesy KTK-BELT

Siwa Khola spring, courtesy KTK-BELT
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Siwa Khola spring, courtesy KTK-BELT

Temperate forests in the Tokpegola landscape, courtesy KTK-BELT
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Temperate forests in the Tokpegola landscape, courtesy KTK-BELT

The Berberis, a major component of the sub-alpine shrublands
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The Berberis, a major component of the sub-alpine shrublands, courtesy KTK-BELT

The Kanchha Pokhari landscape, courtesy KTK-BELT
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The Kanchha Pokhari landscape, courtesy KTK-BELT

Ruddy Shelduck in the Sodhu Pokhari landscape, courtesy KTK-BELT
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Ruddy Shelduck in the Sodhu Pokhari landscape, courtesy KTK-BELT

Yumikma Lake, a high-altitude peatland in Tokpegola landscape
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Yumikma Lake, a high-altitude peatland in Tokpegola landscape, courtesy KTK-BELT

Help Migratory Species Adapt to Climate Change

More than 60 threatened species inhabit the rich and biodiverse ecosystem found in Southern Nepal. The grasslands, wetlands and forests of the Terai Jungle progress up a short, steep climb to the snow-capped Himalayas.

The steep incline of this area will help migratory species like the Bengal Florican (CR) and others self-regulate against the impacts of climate change in the Himalayas. Establishing these “vertical reserves” is a top conservation priority in Nepal. Climate conditions here range from hot and humid tropical regions of tall grasses to high-altitude lakes and areas of snow cover.

Stop the Destruction of Important Habitat

Between 2001 and 2021, 8% of Nepal’s total tree cover loss occurred in humid primary forests. Increased road construction without corridors for wildlife has also led to landslides here.

This wildlife corridor will be the first of its kind in the Himalayas and will be replicable elsewhere in the country.

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Conservation work is critical, challenging, and can be costly. We work hard to ensure we raise only the funds needed for each project. In the rare case we raise more money than needed or a project comes in under budget, excess monies will be transferred to the Conservation Action Fund. This fund supports our important conservation work throughout the tropics.

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