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Distribution and habitat attributes associated with the Himalayan red panda in the westernmost distribution range

Citation

Shrestha, Saroj et al. (2022), Distribution and habitat attributes associated with the Himalayan red panda in the westernmost distribution range , Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.dv41ns1x7

Abstract

The Himalayan red panda (Ailurus fulgens), a recently confirmed distinct species in the red panda genus, is distributed in Nepal, India, Bhutan and south Tibet. Nepal represents the western most distribution of the Himalayan red panda. This study aim to determine important habitat features influencing the distribution of red panda and recommend possible habitat corridors. This manuscript described current potential habitat of 3,222 km2 with the relative abundance of 3.34 signs/km in Nepal. Aspect, canopy cover, bamboo cover and distance to water were the important habitat attributes. It suggested five potential corridors in western Nepal. Overall, the study has important implications for conservation of the Himalayan red panda in western distribution range.