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Nepal has dolphins! UNDP helps communities August 2006
Bardia's rhinos and tigers in danger June 2006
Karnali river: Dolphin population endangered May 2006
Nepal's one-horned rhino population declines April 2005
WWF helps orphan rhinos in Nepal March 2005
Koshi Tappu Bird Festival January 2005
Dang, Udaypur: Wild elephants create chaos September 2004
Kanchanpur: Poachers killed Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve September 2004
Saptari, Sunsari and Udayapur: Koshi Tappu declared buffer zone August 2004
Measures for National Parks handover September 2003
Bardiya National Park: Black bucks facing food crisis May 2003
Koshi-Tappu Reserve: Domesticated buffaloes removed May 2003
Nepal facing glacier 'catastrophe' January 2003 (BBC Online - External link)
Siberian cranes and Sarus cranes in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in Bardia January 2003
Encroachment threatens Black bucks in Bardiya January 2003
Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve: Moustached Warbler located January 2003
Threat grows to Nepal rhino December 2002 (BBC Online - External link)
Web site on plants launches December 2002
Charikot - Dolakha: Orchid on the verge of extinction September 2002
Kailali: Dolphins on the decline September 2002
New bird sighted in Mustang September 2002
Sunsari: New owl sighted in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve August 2002
Nepal: Reptiles on verge of extinction August 2002
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Measures for National Parks handover September 2003

The Ministry of Forest has started work on the government decision to hand over national parks and the management of protected areas to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) while retaining the Royal Nepal Army. Almost 4,020 soldiers guard various protected areas in the country. The government has identified Khaptad, Shey-Phoksundo and Makalu-Barun National Parks and Koshi Tappu, Parsa and Dhorpatan Wildlife Reserves as the potential sites that could be managed by NGOs. Of all the National Parks and Wildlife Reserves in the country, only Makalu-Barun National Park and Royal Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve have no army presence.


Bardiya National Park: Black bucks facing food crisis May 2003
Lack of adequate water sources is posing a serious threat to Black bucks, one of the endangered deer species found in the Royal Bardiya National Park (RBNP) of Nepal, according to the concerned sources. Though an increase in the Black buck population is good news, the animals conserved at Khairi and Pataha region of the park are facing a food crisis. Black bucks graze on grass shoots, however, a large swathe of the area demarcated the animals lacks adequate grass during the dry season due to lack of water. The grass in the region is dying because of the lack of water.

A single machine pumps water from a bore well to the pasture land, whereas two pumping machines could easily irrigate the area to produce enough grass for the animals, said Narsh Subedi, a ranger of the park. The animals have been facing food crisis not only in the dry season but also in the rainy season, as the grass grows taller, beyond what the bucks normally graze on, according to Subedi.


Koshi-Tappu Reserve: Domesticated buffaloes removed May 2003

6,000 domesticated buffaloes that had been left to stray and graze inside the restricted Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve all this while by the villagers have now been prohibited from further entry.
The removing of the buffaloes that have been straying in the northern submerged region of Srilanka Tappu and those grazing in the southern part of this submerged region is underway. The villagers living near the reserve land had been allowing their cattle especially buffaloes to graze on the reserve forestland during the night. These domestic animals inside the reserve area of Sunsari, Saptari, and Udaypur have posed a threat to the wild buffaloes found inside these reserve areas, which is enlisted among the rare species of the world.



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Website on plants launched

Anyone aspiring to know about medicinal plants across the country now no longer have to go through the pages of various books in different libraries with the launching of a web site containing database of the plants.

The Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology launched a website of Ethnobotanical Society of Nepal (ESON), a non-governmental organisation. The web site, first of its kind in the country, contains information of medicinal herbs across the country.

Besides, it browses information of nearly 500 medicinal plants. The web site surfer contains the plants' uses, their habitats, local names, their status of existence, their photographs, and so on. The database of more than seventeen hundred medicinal plants in the country will be made available on the site in the future.

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