The internet is being taken with strange pictures that look like tigers trying to attack people inside a cage-like vehicle. But hold on, it is not an accidental encounter, but a planned activity to let people say hello to the mighty beasts of the jungle.
KATHMANDU, Feb 7: Nepal has accomplished yet another milestone in its efforts to conserve wild animals by meeting a set of international standards considered ideal for the conservation of tigers.
Rich in biodiversity of both flora and fauna, Nepal´s Chitwan National Park (CNP) has received the international recognition for being the best conservation zone for tiger protection. The CNP´s management has excelled under all of the 17 major standards prescribed internationally for creating best grounds for tiger protection.
CHITWAN, NOV 30 – With an aim to boost living standards of local residents, Chitwan National Park is developing a 24km tourist route from Sauraha to Madi, covering four Village Development Committees (VDCs).
It takes around two days for tourists to reach Madi from Sauraha. If the new route comes into operation, tourists can hike till Madi by the evening if they start early in the morning.
A team comprising tourism entrepreneurs, conservation officers, members of consumers association and media persons , among others, travelled along the proposed route on Friday. It took around 12 hours for them to cover the route.
If you are looking for a jungle experience this monsoon, then Chitwan is where you should be headed to. Set right in the heart of Nepal down in the humid plains, Chitwan offers one of Asia’s best wildlife-viewing spots. These subtropical plains hide an array of wildlife worthy of The Jungle Book. Nature buffs from around the world come here to scan the treetops for exotic bird species and comb the jungles for rhinos and tigers from the backs of lumbering elephants. There’s plenty to keep you busy here, from joining the elephants at bath time to visiting local Tharu villages, and the brave can even take a guided walk through the jungle, surrounded by the hoots and roars of the forest.
After five years of consistent efforts to increase their numbers, breeding of the endangered vulture species, Oriental white, a rumped vulture, in Chitwan National Park has begun to yield results. The breeding center with 57 young vultures received one new baby vulture this week.
“Conservation of rare birds and wildlife is essential. We hope the breeding center will give more good news,” said the chief of the park Kamal Jung Kunwar. “As the vulture population in the country and the world is critical, it was very important to promote the breeding of vultures,” he added.
The vulture breeding, which started at the national park in 2008, is a joint project of National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) and Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN). According to officer at the BCN, Jyotendra Thakuri, the news of first successful hatching is really great as the particular species of vulture is indeed very rare.
“The estimated number of white-rumped vultures in Nepal is just around 2000,” Thakuri said.
A study has shown that the number of the endangered vulture is stable in Nepal since 2009. But the study in 2012 did not rule out the consistent danger posed by banned drug Diclofenac (anti-inflammatory drug used by farmers). Vulture-free zones and involvements of locals in vulture conservation in Tarai districts since 2006 helped stabilize the otherwise fast declining population of vultures, according to chief executive officer at BCN. “The breeding center gives much hope in increasing the number of critically endangered species. We need to do a lot more in the conservation sector,” she said.
The 57 vultures kept in the breeding centers were collected from Kaski, Nawalparasi, Rupandehi, Kapilbastu and Dang. “They were young vultures incapable of breeding at the time. In five years since, they have grown and are lying eggs. Their population will grow, we hope,” Thakuri said.
source: republica, 24 Mar 2014
The Chitwan National Park has received an international award in recognition to its efforts for rhino conservation. The park had taken special measures to protect the one-horned rhino from poaching for the last few years.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has highly appreciated the measures adopted by the Park Administration to control rhino poaching, the Park Administration informed the journalists in Chitwan Thursday.
Yolanda Kakabadse, International President of the WWF, herself arrived in Chitwan and presented the award, said Tikaram Paudel, Spokesperson and Assistant Conservation Officer of the Park.
Similarly, the NA personnel, who are working in wildlife conservation in the Bardiya National Park, the Buffer Zone Management Committee of the Chitwan National Park, and National Trust for Nature Conservation were also awarded for succeeding to mark the year as a zero poaching period, said, Bishnu Thapaliya, Assistant Conservation Officer of the Park. The Investigation bureau of Nepal Police was also honored with the award.
The Chitwan National Park had marked 2011, too, as the zero poaching year, however, in the later two years, two rhinos were poached.
The Park released a data showing no rhinos were killed in the last 365 days beginning from February 16, 2013, though 10 of them died due to natural causes.
The Chitwan National Park is a special tourism destination to the domestic and foreign visitors because of the rhinos, tigers, wild elephants and crocodiles along with other animals and birds.
The Chitwan National Park alone has a total of 503 one-horned rhinos which is an endangered wild animal species in the world.
source: nepalnews.com, 06 Mar 2014