Illegal Wildlife Hunting and Trade in Tamenglong, Manipur

Galina and Daniel Macwan

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Located in the northeastern state of Manipur, Tamenglong is home to several species of animals, including Hoolock Gibbons, Serows, Chinese Pangolins, and Clouded Leopards.

Located in the northeastern state of Manipur, Tamenglong is home to several species of endangered wildlife like Hoolock Gibbons, Serows, Chinese Pangolins and Clouded Leopards, among others. Rampant illegal hunting in the region’s villages have led to a rapid decline of biodiversity. Birds and animals (including freshwater turtles) are mercilessly hunted down for trade. This includes outright sale of bushmeat (birds, pangolin, civet, porcupine, squirrel, python, deer, turtle) in local markets for human consumption. Also, Tamenglong seems to be a major trafficking hub for pangolins and their scales.

However, in the last year or so, thanks to the action of the authors, many local NGOs and the Forest Department, the extent of hunting and trade seems to have come down.


Concerned about the rampant hunting in their area, passionate conservationists Galina and Daniel Macwan established the Tamenglong Animals Home (TAH) as a charitable trust in 2017 with a mission to protect and conserve the biodiversity of Tamenglong.

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Galina and Daniel Macwan

Galina and Daniel run the Tamenglong Animals Home in Tamenglong, Manipur.



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