According to a population census on the endangered one-horned rhinos, carried out by the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), Nepal there are at present 534 rhinos in the country, an increase of 99 from the 2008 census. The counting was carried out at Chitwan National Park (CNP), Bardia National Park (BNP) and Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve (SWR). Counting was carried simultaneously at these places. 503 rhinos were recorded in Chitwan National Park, 24 in Bardia National Park and 7 in Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve. The rhino census, supported by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is conducted every three years.
As part of the Green Hiker Green Planet campaign a four-day trek to Langtang has been organized by the USAID and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Twenty members from Nepal’s government, civil society, development sector, and media set off their Langtang trek on April 18. The Green Hiker Green Planet campaign is designed to build awareness of climate change issues at local, national, regional, and global levels, and to encourage cross-sectoral collaboration to combat climate change. The campaign will culminate in a press conference in Kathmandu on World Earth Day, April 22, 2011.
On the occasion the ‘World Tiger Day, ‘a press meet was organized by the Forest Ministry on 29th July, 2010 at the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).During the meet, the results of a study conducted in the country’s national parks was made public.The result was quite encouraging as the study found an increase in the total of numbers in Nepal from last year’s figure of 121 to 155 tigers.The tiger population monitoring was conducted by the Department of National Parks with the help of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other national and international agencies.
Reports show that the tiger population worldwide has declined from 100,000 to only 3,200 in one century. SAARC countries(Nepal, Bhutan, India & Bangladesh)are habitat for about 70 percent of the world’s tigers.Taking this into consideration Nepal is hosting a ministerial level meeting on tiger conservation in the SAARC region on the third week of August. Ministers from India, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal will be discussing on issues related to tigers and provide inputs for the heads of state meeting on September in Russia.
At present Nepal has 121 adult breeding tigers.The Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) has stepped up efforts to make the newly established Banke National Park and the neighboring Bardiya National Park in mid-west Nepal the biggest tiger habitat in the whole of Asia. Nepal has committed to double the number of tigers by 2022.
Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who has joined hands with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to launch a global campaign to double the world’s tiger population, paid a clandestine visit to Nepal’s Bardiya National Park this year, on the last week of May. According to a statement released by WWF, DiCaprio’s visit came as part of his travel to Asia with WWF experts to see the threats tigers face first-hand.
Gina Lee and I were thrilled with how smoothly everything went. We saw and learned much, and we marveled at the natural beauty of the places we visited.