Narayan Prasad Koju

Narayan Prasad Koju
Kunming Institute of Zoology CAS · State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution

PhD

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Burmese Ferret Badger (Melogale personata) was recorded by camera trapping for the first time in Nepal's Nagarjun forest of Shivapui Nagarjun National Park. According to IUCN, it was expected to inhabit only the eastern part of Nepal but recently the species has been recorded from central and western parts of the country. A globally rarely studied...
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Industrial effluents are one of the major sources of environmental pollution. The major objective of the study was to assess the physico-chemical parameters and concentration of heavy metals in industrial effluents of industries in Kathmandu Valley. Physico-chemical parameters like temperature, pH, electrical conductivity, turbidity, total dissolve...
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Pikas from the subgenus Conothoa are small lagomorphs inhabiting high elevations of the great Asian mountain belt from Tian Shan through the Himalayas to the Hengduan Mountains. Allspecies are more or less associated with stony habitats. Because of the difficulties in accessing the major habitats, Conothoa pikas are some of the less-studied Asian s...
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Demographic and health status of captive elephants around Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Biodiversitas 23: 1621-1627. Elephants have been captive from ancient times. As a keystone species, it requires proper care and management to sustain its viable population in the wild as well as a captive. However, there is a lack of study on captive elephants i...
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Koju NP, Chalise MK, Kyes RC. 2021. Pikas and People: Human-Pika (Ochotona) interaction in the Himalaya of Nepal. Biodiversitas 22: 5085-5091. This study examined human-pika (Ochotona) interaction in two protected areas of Nepal: Lamtang National Park (LNP) and Api Nampa Conservation Area (ACNA). We conducted the study between 2012 and 2017 and emp...
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Ghimire S, Koju NP. 2021. Short Communication: Fish diversity and its relationship with environmental variables in Kamala River, Nepal. Biodiversitas 22: 4865-4871. Kamala River originates from the lower part of the Mahabharat range and flows through inner to outer Terai, providing a broad range of ecosystem services; provisioning, regulating, supp...
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Pangolins in the genus Manis are nocturnal, burrowing, insectivorous mammals listed as Critically Endangered or Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Two species of pangolins are found in Nepal: the Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) and Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata). Despite having high conservation priority,...
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This study was carried to evaluate the Spatio-temporal association of human-elephant conflict (HEC) among five different rural municipalities (Nirmalbasti, Jirabhawani, Sakhuwaparsauni, Parsagadhi, and Paterwasugauli) of Parsa District around Parsa National Park in 2019. Primary data was collected by using questionnaire surveys with victims’ family...
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The Himalayan musk deer (Moschus leucogaster) is an endangered species listed in the IUCN Red List and Appendix I of CITES. It is widely but discontinuously distributed in Nepal. A Pellet sign survey was carried in April 2019 in Lapchi valley of Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GCA) in Nepal to assess the habitat preference of Himalayan musk deer. A...
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To contain transmission of COVID-19, lockdowns or strict restrictions of people's mobility outside their residences were instituted in a majority of countries worldwide, including Nepal, where the first phase of nationwide lockdown was observed from 24 March to 21 July 2020. This sudden halt in human outdoor activities brought positive and negative...
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Pangolins in the genus Manis are nocturnal, burrowing, insectivorous mammals listed as Critically Endangered or Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Of the eight extant pangolin species worldwide, two species are found in Nepal: the Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) and the Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata). Des...
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Climate change and its threat to human life and biodiversity are under discussion as the major issue of this century. In this study, pika (Ochotona roylii) was taken as a model animal to study the effect of changing climatic parameters in the Central Himalayas of Nepal. The study was carried out for three consecutive years (2011−2013) in the Kyanji...
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To contain transmission of COVID-19, lockdown or strict restriction of people’s mobility outside their residence was imposed worldwide. In Nepal, the first phase of nationwide lockdown was observed from March 24 to July 21, 2020. This sudden halt in human activities brought positive and negative impacts on forests and wildlife. We undertook a study...
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Insect pollinators provide crucial ecosystem services in the urban environment but are under threat and lack comprehensive study and Pollinators’ interaction to change urban land use. Marigold is an important nectar provider for many insects, plays a major role in ecosystem services, and holds a strong cultural and economic value. Therefore, it is...
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The snow leopard Panthera uncia is the flagship species of the high mountains of the Himalayas. There is potentially continuous habitat for the snow leopard along the northern border of Nepal, but there is a gap in information about the snow leopard in Gaurishankar Conservation Area. Previous spatial analysis has suggested that the Lamabagar area i...
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Staphylococcus aureus is a ubiquitous pathogen and colonizer in humans and animals. There are few studies on the molecular epidemiology of S. aureus in wild monkeys and apes. S. aureus carriage in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) and Assam macaques (Macaca assamensis) is a species that has not previously been sampled and lives in remote environment...
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The Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) is one of the world’s critically endangered species, and its distribution is little known in Nepal. This study aimed at understanding the distribution of Chinese pangolin in Nagarjun forest of Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park, Nepal from September 2017 to May 2018. A total of 15 infrared cameras were used,...
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The Asiatic Golden Cat Catopuma temminckii is poorly known in Nepal and was previously recorded only twice in the eastern part of the country. We conducted a camera trap survey in the Lapchi Valley (32km2) of Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GCA), a protected area in north-central Nepal, from October 2018 to April 2019. Eleven cameras were deployed...
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Disturbances caused by livestock grazing are considered as a key attributable factor for the habitat loss of red panda. The present study was carried out in Eastern Nepal mainly focusing on the habitat preferences of red panda and impacts of livestock grazing on it. In total, 15 linear transects were delineated at an elevation interval of 100 m ass...
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The composition of diet reflects the food availability and food preference by wildlife in their respective habitat. Flying fox (Pteropus giganteus) is the largest bat species that inhabit the urban area of Kathmandu Valley. The diet composition of Flying fox and their conservation threat was studied from January to April 2018. Bats roosting at Kesh...
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Plant–pollinator relationships are fundamentally important for the conservation of the terrestrial biodiversity that rural communities in low‐income countries rely upon. In Nepal, a country that is biologically rich but economically poor, Rhododendron forests provide a range of ecosystem services that are under threat from overexploitation and clim...
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Egyptian vultures (Neophron percnopterus) play an important ecological role in central Asia, but conservation planning is hindered because basic information about their habitat requirements is lacking. We used 66 observations of roosting vultures to identify factors related to their presence, and MaxEnt model to predict areas of suitable roosting s...
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A complete set of pika taxa, belonging to the subgenus Ochotona, was studied using craniometric and multilocus genetic analyses. We examined 1,007 skulls, covering the entire distribution range of the subgenus, as well as the mitochondrial COI gene and three nuclear introns in 31 specimens, representing nearly all taxa in question. An additional se...
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Swine nasal samples [n = 282] were collected from 12 randomly selected farms around Kathmandu, Nepal, from healthy animals. In addition, wild monkey (Macaca mulatta) saliva samples [n = 59] were collected near temples areas in Kathmandu using a non-invasive sampling technique. All samples were processed for MRSA using standardized selective media a...
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We collected three adult samples from Daweishan Natural Reserve, Pingbian (22°53′59″N, 103°41′23″E, 2 088 m above sea level) and Banbianqing, Funing (23°28′11″N, 105° 35′59″E, 1 442 m above sea level). We compared the morphological measurement of our samples with topotype specimen (Table 1, Fig. 1 and 2), and established the phylogenetic relationsh...
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p>The study was conducted on food hoarding behaviour of pika in Langtang National Park (LNP). It was carried along transect of 53 Km length and 200m wide from 3000 masl to 5200 masl in two routes (Langtang route and Gosainkunda route) from 2011 to 2013. Behaviours of pika were recorded from 5:30 to 19:30 during summer and from 6:30 to 17:30 during...
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p>This study was carried out on the southern base of Mt. Api in Api Nampa Conservation Area (ANCA) during June of 2012 and 2013. Pikas were observed for their population and behaviors. Feeding behavior was observed on more than 23 plants species including poisonous species to cattle. Pikas raid the human supply sometime peeping into human shelter....
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Study on the behavior of pika (Ochotona roylei and O. macrotis) was carried out during the months of July and August 2011 in Gosainkunda, Langtang National Park (LNP), Nepal. Pika inhabits in the talus habitats of the alpine area. Tharepati (3651 m asl), Phedi (3825 m asl), Gosainkunda (4436 m asl), and Laurebina (3903 m asl) were selected for beha...
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Study on the behavior of pika (Ochotona roylei and O. macrotis) was carried out during the monthsof July and August 2011 in Gosainkunda, Langtang National Park (LNP), Nepal. Pika inhabits in thetalus habitats of the alpine area. Tharepati (3651 m asl), Phedi (3825 m asl), Gosainkunda (4436 masl), and Laurebina (3903 m asl) were selected for behavio...
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The study was carried from September, 2011 to February, 2012. The objectives of this study were to identify diverse mammalian species, to explore the issues of conflict between human and wildlife, and to recommend the best ways to reduce the human-wildlife conflict. A survey was conducted by walking through fixed transect lines and using a question...
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There is very less information on bats in Nepal. Pokhara valley provides suitable habitat for both microchiroptera and mega-chiroptera. This valley has variable topographical features and climatic conditions, which is favorable for bats. A two week long observation was carried out on bats and their roosting sites in December 2010 and February 2011....
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Study on the behavior of pika was carried out during the July and August 2011 in Gosainkunda, Langtang National Park (LNP), Nepal. Pika inhabits in talus alpine area. Tharepati (3651masl), Phedi (3825masl), Gosainkunda (4436masl), and Laurebina (3903masl) were selected for behavior recording. Quadrates of 50m×50m were randomly plotted in each site...
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A year round population census of flying fox (Pteropus giganteus) was recorded since 2006 and taken three months data of 2011 too. The maximum number reached 1428 in September/October in 2006 and minimum number was 3 individuals in January of 2011 among the live recorded number. They were never absent if we taken months account of these years. Some...

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Document long-term demographic trends in the American pika as a model of small-mammal response to environmental change. Involve students and citizen scientists in research on global change.