The overarching purpose of this project is to assess, for the first time, the impact of global climate change on the nesting and reproduction of the critically endangered gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) populations in Chitwan National Park (CNP) of Nepal and provide science based climate-adaptive conservation recommendations. We will characterize nesting and reproductive ecology of gharials in the rivers of the CNP as well as create temperature and humidity profile of their incubation environment. It is obvious that gharials will face consequences of climate change and given the fact that gharial populations in the CNP represent the largest and the only breeding population in Nepal, their conservation is urgently critical to guarantee survival of regional as well as global populations of gharial. Our project will generate previously non-existent information on gharials in the CNP which fill in knowledge-gap that has long existed for gharials and contribute to their long-term conservation.
Funding Agency: Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong