Assessment of Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in Banke-Kamdi Complex
A ssessment of Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in Banke- Kamdi Complex
Wildlife crime is a serious issue in conservation particularly of the threatened species of wild flora and fauna globally. Several endangered species such as Asian big cats, elephants and rhinoceros are at the verge of extinction if the current trend of wildlife crime is not retarded. The illegal wildlife trade is among the leading causes for rapid wildlife species decline worldwide (McMurray, 2008). Similarly, Nepal cannot be exception to this situation; the country has been known as transit for illegal wildlife trade and a source for some of the illegally traded species such as rhino horns, tiger and leopard pelts and pangolin scales. Despite various efforts to control wildlife crime, such crime still exists sporadically and in low volume in the country.