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Ashish Bashyal

  • Project name: Assessment of conservation status of critically endangered gharials (Gavialis gangeticus) in Bardia National Park, Nepal
  • Project site: Babai River, Bardia National Park, Nepal
  • EDGE species: Gharial Gavialis gangeticus
  • Active: 2019 - 2022


Ashish is a Conservation Scientist at the Biodiversity Conservancy Nepal where he oversees a number of active research and conservation projects, including Nepal Gharial Conservation Initiative – a long-term project aimed at establishing healthy and protected populations of gharials (Gavialis gangeticus) in Nepal

Ashish has always been fascinated by gharials and wants to contribute to their long-term conservation in Nepal. The EDGE Fellowship will provide him with the funding, training and mentorship which he needs to help him achieve his long-aspired goal of contributing to gharial conservation.

EDGE Project

Ashish’s project aims to collect previously non-existent scientific information on population, habitat and breeding ecology of gharials to assess their conservation status in the Bardia National Park (BNP), Nepal. His specific objectives are to:

  • Determine status of gharial population and habitat in BNP.
  • Investigate breeding status of gharial population in the Babai River of BNP.
  • Design and implement citizen science program for gharials in the Babai river basin.
  • Build in-country capacity for gharial monitoring and survey.