A female Hog Badger (arctonyx collaris), weighing about 20 kilos was released in Sendenyu Community Biodiversity Conservation Area on January 26 by DFO, Kohima Division, Temjen, IFS. The animal was found hibernating in the new jhum field area, where villagers were clearing jungle for cultivation. It was brought to village conservation area by Sendenyu community biodiversity & wildlife conservation committee. As per IUCN classification of endangered animals, Hog Badgers are not endangered species in the world, however they are rarely found in the State.
In India, the animal is protected under ‘Wildlife Protection Act, 1972’. Killing of Hog Badger, which the local people called ‘chemhoba’, is banned in Sendenyu.
According to Sendenyu community biodiversity and wildlife conservation Committee, Chairman Gwasinlo Thong, a simple function was held at the conservation area where village council members and Sendenyu community wildlife & biodiversity conservation committee members attended, the DFO while releasing the animal, lauded the Sendenyu community for their effort towards wild life conservation. He also assured the community that the department would extend its support for the noble cause.