The Malayan Giant Squirrel

About the Species: Malayan giant squirrel or Black Giant Squirrel is one of the world’s largest squirrel species.
The Malayan Giant SquirrelConservation Status:

  • IUCN Status: Near Threatened
  • CITES: Appendix II.
  • Wildlife Protection Act, 1972: Schedule I

Habitat: It is distributed across Bangladesh, Northeast India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Characteristics:

  • It has a dark upper body, pale underparts, and a long, bushy tail.
  • Food Habits: The species is omnivorous and feeds on fruits, flowers, nuts, bark, bird eggs, and insects.

 Significance:

The giant squirrel is considered a forest health indicator species. An indicator species provides information on the overall condition of the ecosystem and of other species in that ecosystem.

Threats:

Deforestation, fragmentation of forests, crop cultivation and over-harvesting of food, illegal trade in wildlife, hunting for consumption. and Slash-and-burn jhum cultivation.

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