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    Camera Trapping Report – Pangot Region

    (May 23, 2023 – September 5, 2023)

    The camera trapping efforts conducted at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge in the Pangot region from May 23, 2023, to September 5, 2023, have yielded valuable insights into the diverse wildlife inhabiting this area. The data reveals a wide range of animal activity and highlights the significance of camera trapping in wildlife.

    Key Observations

    1.  Diverse Wildlife

    The camera trapping data underscores the rich biodiversity of the Pangot region. Several species of animals have been captured on camera, including wild boar, porcupine, barking deer, sambhar, and leopards.

    2. Leopard Sightings:

    • Leopards have been consistently observed throughout the monitoring period, indicating a stable presence in the area.
    • Notable leopard sightings include June 15 and 19 2023, 1 individual.
    • These findings highlight the importance of Pangot as a potential leopard habitat.

    3. Other Wildlife

    • Wild boar sightings were relatively common, with fluctuations in numbers over time.
    • Porcupines, barking deer, Himalayan gray langur, and sambhar were also captured on camera, demonstrating the diverse array of herbivores in the region.

    4. Predator-Prey Interactions:

    • Predator-prey interactions refer to the dynamic encounters between species where one, the predator, hunts and consumes the other, the prey.
    • leopards (predator) hunting langurs and barking deer (prey). For instance, when a leopard stalks and captures a langur or barking deer, it exemplifies a real-life illustration of these essential ecological interactions, showcasing the predator’s role in maintaining the balance of the ecosystem by controlling prey populations.

    Importance of Camera Trapping in Wildlife Conservation:

    Non-Invasive Monitoring: Camera trapping is a non-invasive method that allows researchers to observe and study wildlife without disturbing their natural behavior. This is crucial for obtaining accurate data on species’ presence and behavior.

    Biodiversity Assessment: Camera traps help in conducting comprehensive biodiversity assessments. They provide data on both common and elusive species, contributing to a better understanding of ecosystem health.

    Population Estimation: By capturing images of individual animals, camera trapping aids in estimating population sizes, which is essential for conservation planning and management.

    Habitat Assessment: Camera trapping data can help identify key habitats and migration corridors for various species, aiding in habitat protection and preservation efforts.

    Conservation Prioritization: The presence of leopards in the Pangot region highlights the area’s importance for leopard conservation. Such data can inform the prioritization of conservation efforts and the establishment of protected areas.

    Community Engagement: Sharing camera trapping results with local communities can foster a sense of ownership and awareness, leading to increased support for wildlife conservation.


    The camera trapping efforts in the Pangot region have provided a wealth of information about the local wildlife, with a particular focus on the presence of leopards. This data underscores the importance of continued monitoring and conservation efforts in the area to protect the diverse flora and fauna that call Pangot home. Camera trapping, as a non-invasive and informative technique plays a vital role in achieving this goal and contributes to the broader field of wildlife conservation.

    As we move forward, it is essential to expand these offorts, involve local communities, and collaborate with conservation organizations to ensure the long-terms preservation of this remarkable ecosystem

    Report By – Jagjeewan S. Dhami

    Birding Guides in Pangot

    Pangot is a small village located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India, and is known for its rich birdlife and beautiful surroundings. Birding guides trained by Jungle Lore Birding Lodge in Pangot can help you explore the area and spot a variety of bird species, including Himalayan griffon vultures, cheer and koklass pheasants, and many laughingthrushes. These guides are trained and knowledgeable about the local bird species and their habitats, and can provide information about the best times of year to visit for birdwatching. They can also recommend other activities and attractions in the area, such as hiking trails and nature walks. The team of Jungle Lore Birding Lodge in Pangot offer customised tours, allowing you to tailor your experience to your specific interests and preferences. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced birder, a birding guide in Pangot can help you make the most of your time in this beautiful region and appreciate the stunning birdlife it has to offer.

    Jungle Lore Birding Lodge

    As you reach village Pangot, you are guided to Jungle Lore Birding Lodge by the local people.A 5-minute walk down to the lodge rewards you…

    Pangot Hotels

    India is famous world over for its rich flora and fauna. Pangot is one such beautiful hamlet in the state of Uttarakhand which lies just 15 km from the city of lake, Nainital. Walking into Pangot is like stepping into a remote Himalayan village. This birdwatchers’ paradise has more than 250 species of birds in and around as recorded by Jungle Lore Birding Lodge.

    Jungle Lore Birding Lodge is India’s first and foremost birding lodge and has been key to birding success in the region.

    The entire drive is through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, the main habitats for excellent birding. The forests of Pangot and surrounding areas are dominated by thick Oak, Pine and Rhododendron. The streams passing by the area makes it even more attractive place. The district of Nainital covers the tropical, sub-tropical, temperate, sub-alpine and alpine zones. The terai & bhabar belt presents the climate of the plains while the deep valleys with elevation upto 1000 Mts. play host to varied types of animal , birds, trees typical of hills as well as plains.

    One can see a variety of bird species along the way to Pangot such as Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Blue-winged Minla, Spotted & Slaty-backed Forktail, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Khalij pheasant are to name a few. One can also spot mammals such as Yellow-throated Himalayan Marten, Sambhar, Himalayan Goral, Barking Deer, Leopard, Civets, Yellow-bellied Himalayan Weasal, Leopard Cat, Serow, Wild Boar, Red Fox etc. The famous Corbett National Park is situated 80 kilometers from Pangot.

    The hill station is visited in a huge number by tourists all round the year. The pleasant and spell bounding weather in summers and snow clad mountain peaks in winters attract visitors from all over the world. Pangot is a quiet and calm place which makes it an ideal destination for honeymooners too. It is an incredible place for bird watching, adventurous activities, mountain biking and trekking. The trekking trail starts from Pangot and leads to Naina Peak. Another one leads to Corbett National Park. Looking for away-from the run-of-the-mill Uttarakhand Tour Packages this summer? We offer a plethora of opportunities that you won’t find elsewhere since we believe in ‘being unique.’ And that too with homestays at Abbott Mount, Jageshwar, Ranikhet, Munsyari, Pangot, Mukteshwar, Doon Valley, Jabarkhet, Sonanadi. You name it and we have it.

    The Jungle Lore birding Lodge Features

    • A 24 X 7 front desk facility.
    • Check-in at 12:00 and Check out at 11:00 am
    • Daily housekeeping
    • All Cottages have attached private bathroom