Sagar Dahal


Sagar Dahal is a native of Nepal and a trained field biologist with expertise in small mammals, who started his conservation career with the study of bats. He conducts and supports research on the least-known small mammals’ species.

For the past six years, Sagar has continuously worked on a mission to rediscover the population of Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) outside the protected area of Terai of Nepal. Besides his rigorous field work, he works with the local community to conserve habitat of the species in human-dominated landscapes and to reduce the threats through various field-based conservation activities. He was also involved as an assessor in the IUCN assessment of Fishing Cat and Golden Cat

He co-founded the Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation (SMCRF) in 2009 while he was a young university student. It was the consistent dedication of the young team, along with Sagar, that helped SMCRF to grow and become established as a leading organization in research, conservation and advocacy on data deficient and neglected small mammal communities in Nepal. Recently, SMCRF has become a member organization of the IUCN. Currently, he is a team leader of the Small Cat Conservation Group (SCCG) in the organization. Besides spending the majority of his time on research activities, he enjoys teaching and mentoring undergraduate students of zoology at Tribhuvan University.

Education

  • M.Sc. in Zoology with major in Ecology, Tribhuvan University.
  • B.Sc. in Zoology, Tribhuvan University.

Publications

Basnet K, Dahal S (2016) Determining flow requirements for the Wild Water Buffalo (Bubalis arnee). Chapter 9 in: Doody TM, Cuddy SM, Bhatta LD (eds) Connecting flows and ecology in Nepal: current state of knowledge for the Koshi Basin. Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) project. CSIRO, Australia: pp 97-104.

Mukherjee, S., Appel, A., Duckworth, J.W., Sanderson, J., Dahal, S., Willcox, D.H.A., Herranz Muñoz, V., Malla, G., Ratnayaka, A., Kantimahanti, M., Thudugala, A. & Thaung R. and Rahman, H. 2016. Prionailurus viverrinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T18150A50662615. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T18150A50662615.en.

McCarthy, J., Dahal, S., Dhendup, T., Gray, T.N.E., Mukherjee, S., Rahman, H., Riordan, P., Boontua, N. & Wilcox, D. 2015. Catopuma temminckii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T4038A50651004. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T4038A50651004.en

Dahal, S. and D.R. Dahal. 2011 Trapping of Fishing cat on Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Cat news 55, 10-11.

Ghimire, Y, R. Acharya and S. Dahal 2014 An undocumented record of a clouded leopard captured in Chitwan district, Nepal. Cat news 60, 27-28.

Dahal, S., K.R. Neupane and G. Amori (2014) The Record of Elegant Water Shrew Nectogale elegans from Gaurishankar Conservation area, Nepal, Small Mammal Mail – Bi-Annual Newsletter of CCINSA & RISCINSA 1 Volume 6, Number 1, Jan-Aug 2014 Pp. 22-23

Katuwal, H.B. and S., Dahal (2013) Golden Jackals in the human dominated landscapes of the Manaslu Conservation Area, Nepal, Vertebrate Zoology, 63(3): 329-334.

Thapa, S., Shrestha, S., Dahal, S., Daniel, B.A., and N.B. Singh (2012) Monitoring and Conservation of Bats in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, Asian Journal of Conservation Biology, 1:1, pp. 1-4

Dahal, S. (2012) Study of fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) in Nepal: Past, Present and Future. In Katuwal, H.B and Koirala, S. (eds) Proceeding of Third Seminar on Small Mammals Conservation Issues, pp 32-36.

Dahal, S. and D. R. Dahal (2011) Trapping of Fishing cat on Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Cat news 55, 10-11.

Thapa S., S., Shrestha, S. Dahal, A. Thapa, and R. Kaphle (2009) Reporting from Godawari”, published in Small Mammal Mail – Bi-Annual Newsletter of CCINSA & RISCINSA combined, Volume 1, Aug-Dec