1 Tahrcountry Musings: Poaching On The Increase In Nepal

Friday, June 02, 2006

Poaching On The Increase In Nepal

The strife in Nepal has taken a heavy toll of wildlife. Field visits by WWF Nepal and park staff to sites inside the Bardia National Park found evidence of only three rhinos in the area, despite the translocation of more than 70 to the area since 1986. During the rhino survey, the team apprehended two armed poachers. The survey team confirmed the presence of three tigers in the Babai Valley, down from an estimate of 13 in 2001. Good news is that the ecosystem is still intact and if strong protection is given the wildlife will bounce back. Urgent protection strategies with emphasis on community involvement in protection is on the anvil

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