The presence of the Asiatic brush-tailed porcupine, the rarest of all the known rodents in the country, has been confirmed in Lawachara National Park.
This photo of the animal, one of the two porcupine species in Bangladesh, was captured during an ongoing camera-trap survey conducted by the Northeast Bangladesh Carnivore Conservation Initiative.
This makes it the first authentic evidence of the species living in northeastern Bangladesh.
Previously, this fossorial, nocturnal, and extremely elusive porcupine's range was thought to be restricted to Chattogram Hill Tracts.
The species was assessed as Data Deficient by IUCN Bangladesh in 2015, meaning there was a lack of information about the species in the country.
Its presence in Lawachara uplifts the importance of conservation in the long-neglected transborder forests of Habiganj and Moulvibazar.