Parabiologists are one of the foundations of our organization. Local community members, with little to no formal education, are trained to carry out basic scientific tasks such as collecting morphometric data, GPS logging, and telemetry work and monitor our hunting mitigation activities. Not only do these citizen scientists act as “role models” in their community and as local ambassadors for conservation, but without these dedicated souls we wouldn’t have the manpower or the requisite traditional ecological knowledge of the study areas needed to conduct our research.
To date, our parabiologist team has rediscovered several charismatic species previously considered to be extirpated from Bangladesh including: Gaur, leopard, sun bear, Sylhet roofed turtle, Arakan forest turtle, Asian giant tortoise, and documented the presence of tiger in our study area. By utilizing the traditional ecological knowledge of our parabiologists and allowing them to choose optimal survey areas and camera trap locations, we can achieve far more and on a far shorter timescale than we could through the strict use of traditional methodologies.