WWF focuses conservation efforts on priority species
that are especially important, either for their ecosystem...
* Species forming a key element of the food chain
* Species which help the stability or regeneration of habitats
* Species demonstrating broader conservation needs
...or for people
* Species important for the health and livelihoods of local communities
* Species exploited commercially
* Species that are important cultural icons.
In the Eastern Himalayas 163 species are considered threatened, of which 19 mammal, 28 bird, 17 reptile, and 12 amphibian species are considered priority species.