Government of Nepal
Ministry of Forests and Environment
Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation

२९ औं वन्यजन्तु सप्ताह २०८१ | संरक्षित क्षेत्र कार्यालयहरुको आ.ब. २०८१/८२ को योजना तर्जूमा गोष्ठी सम्पन्न । | माननीय वन तथा वातावरण मन्त्री नवल किशोर साह सुडीलाई राष्‍ट्रिय निकुञ्‍ज विभागमा स्वागत


Caprolagus hispidus

Hispid Hare (Caprolagus hispidus), known as Laghukarna Kharayo in Nepali, belongs to order Lagomorpha and family Leporidae. Globally, it is native to Bhutan, India and Nepal. In Nepal this species has been recorded only from the protected areas of lowlands viz. Chitwan, Bardia and Shukla Phanta National Parks. The global population of this species is estimated to be as few as 300 individuals. In undisturbed grasslands of Nepal, its population density has been estimated as one individual per 1,470 m2. It is listed as an endangered species in IUCN red list category because it exists within an area of occupancy of less than 500 km² and is experiencing continuing decline in suitable habitat due to seasonal controlled burning, increasing agriculture, flood control, grazing pressure, predation, loss of grassland habitat due to encroaching broadleaved trees, thatch collection, and human development. National red list of mammals also categorizes it as an endangered species. The legal status of this species in Nepal is Protected (Appendix I) under the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1973 and Appendix I in CITES law.


  • Jnawali, S. R., Baral, H. S., Lee, S., Acharya, K. P., Upadhyay, G. P., Pandey, M., ... & Khatiwada, A. P. (2011). The Status of Nepal's Mammals: The National Red List Series-IUCN.