Conservation Science 2017-11-07T10:49:58+00:00 Dr. Prakash K Paudel Open Journal Systems Conservation Science (CS) is a peer-reviewed open access journal devoted primarily to the dissemination of up-to-date knowledge about global, regional&nbsp;and national conservation issues and the ways to tackle them. For details including manuscript submission, visit CS webpage at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Full text articles available. Botanical expedition in mountains of Caucasus in 2013 2017-11-07T10:49:42+00:00 Gennady A. Firsov <p class="Pa5"><strong>Summary </strong></p><p class="Pa5">[editor’s note]</p><p>The botanical expedition has an important role in documenting unknown flora and its natural history. Such expedition has been instrumental to ascertain what conservation actions the region need of. Gennady A. Firsov writes a short note providing a fascinating account of a botanical expedition in the Caucasus Mountains. His vivid account of geography, climate and flora provide a resemblance between floral diversity with that of physical geography and climate. The six member expedition team visited the highest peak of Caucasus, the Bermamyt plateau, Teberda and Tuman- Lykyel Lake. Teberda, in particular, is a unique floral sanctuary where three seasons can be witnessed at the same time: warm summer down the valley, early spring in alpine meadow and winter further up with snowy storms, glaciers and everlasting snows. The Teberda Biospherical State Nature Reserve harbors 43 species of mammals. The tallest tree (60 m) measured in the expedition was Nordmann’s Fir, which is considered tallest species in Russia. The explorers visited the gorge of Gonachkhir River and the Kyzgych gorge. The Kyzgych gorge is strictly protected regime where flock of aurochs lives in the wild. Here, the team found <em>Lonicera steveniana </em>Fisch. ex Pojark for the first time. They were lucky enough to discover <em>Acer tataricum </em>L. and <em>Euonymus nanus </em>Bieb. in Razvalka mountain.</p><p>Gennady A. Firsov, G. A. (2017) Botanical expedition in mountains of Caucasus in 2013. Conservation Science, 1: 1-9.</p> 2017-11-07T10:49:41+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Rediscovery of the hispid hare (Caprolagus hispidus) in Chitwan National Park, Nepal after three decades 2017-11-07T10:49:50+00:00 Bed Bahadur Khadka Bhupendra Prasad Yadav Nurendra Aryal Achyut Aryal <p><strong>Summary</strong></p><p class="Pa5">The critical endangered hispid hare (<em>Caprolagus hispidus</em>) was first recorded as present in Chitwan, Bardiya and Shuklaphanta National Parks of Nepal in 1984. Since then, the species was recorded only in Bardiya and Suklaphanta National Parks. For more than three decades, it had not been observed in Chitwan National Park (CNP), where it was consequently considered extinct. In January 2016, a new recording for the hispid hare took place in CNP, placing that rare mammal again within CNP mammal assemblages. We reported the first photographic confirmation of the presence (30 Jan 2016) of the species in the CNP after 1984. The presence of hispid hare is confined to isolate patched of grassland of the national park. The population of the hispid hare is rapidly declining due to anthropogenic pressure and grassland fire from its distributed range (only found in Nepal, India, and Bhutan). Therefore, further study about their presence-absence, population status need to do throughout the grassland of the low land of Nepal including the newly rediscovering park.</p><p class="Pa5"><strong>Citation</strong><br />Khadka BD, Yadav BP, Aryal N, Aryal A (2017) Rediscovery of the hispid hare (Caprolagus hispidus) in Chitwan National Park, Nepal after three decades. Conservation Science, 1: 10-12</p> 2017-11-07T10:49:50+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##