Wildlife Genetics and Conservation: The Broader Spectrum

Wildlife genetics constitute one of the core research activities at CMDN. As pioneers of non-invasive genetics in Nepal, we have so far studied felids (Tiger, Snow Leopard, Common Leopard, Pallas Cat), Canids (Himalayan Wolf, Dhole), Rodents (Rattus rattus, Himalayan Field Mouse), Rhinos, Elephants and Musk Deer. These studies have uncovered important biological and conservation related information.

The Nepal Tiger Genome Project (NTGP) produced one of the largest and comprehensive wild tiger genotype and geo-spatial data in Nepal. Findings from this study have assisted policy makers and conservationists to design effective buffer channels and heighten security against tiger poaching.

Wildlife genetics has been helpful in providing critical information to clarify phylogeny controversies and origin studies of the Wolf (Canis lupus), the Dhole (Asiatic Wild Dog) and Rat (Rattus rattus)/ Himalayan field mouse. Molecular genetics studies at CMDN have also contributed to fulfilling knowledge gap in wildlife diseases such as EEHV in elephants, Canine distemper in felids and other diseases that could threaten wildlife species. CMDN is constantly investing in new technologies to increase its capacity to assist wildlife researchers and government agencies.