Lost and Found

A tiny and adorable little pup accompanied these boys to our neutering and rabies vaccination camp in 2014. The boys and their dogs were from Karma Samten Ling Monastery in Ngarwal (3,900 m). This image of the boys laughing with their dogs resting by their side has got to be one of my favourite photographs across all our years of working in the Himalaya. It captures the intimate relationship that people have with their dogs in this unique cultural landscape. This close relationship between communities and their dogs in the Himalaya means that the process of managing dogs in this conservation area will not be easy or straight forward - in many conservation areas around the world, dogs are man

Dogs, Disease and Wildlife

Dogs can be really great, but they can also be rather troublesome. Approximately 32,000 people are treated for dog bites every year in Nepal, and close to 200 people, mostly children, die from rabies. With clinics and doctors located hours or sometimes days away from villages, we want to prevent deaths and attacks rather than deal with the consequences. Since domestic dogs are responsible for 99% of human deaths due to rabies, mass vaccinations of dogs have been the most effective strategy to prevent rabies in humans. Sterilisation programs can enhance the effectiveness of mass vaccinations by preventing new pups (unvaccinated dogs) bring being born into a population. Sterilisation also redu

Adventures of Kalo the Wanderer

Kalo the wanderer surveys his territory - Manang Valley. Our canine distemper study identified 93 dogs in Manang's Upper Valley. We know where these dogs come from, if they were born in the valley or were brought in from elsewhere. We have learned what they eat, how many litters they have had, and how many of their pups survived or were given away. We are gradually building up a picture of the dog demography in this area. Understanding this will help us design and implement actions to manage the dog population in the area. Here's an example of how understanding demography helps with planning - to know where to build a primary school, we need to know which neighbourhoods have the most number

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