White-rumped vulture conservation makes progress

- RSS, CHITWAN

Mar 6, 2017-

Efforts made by Chitwan National Park (CNP) to conserve the critically endangered white-rumped vultures are bearing fruit. Nine healthy chicks hatched at the CNP breeding centre in three months alone, thanks to the vulture conservation programme. 

 Only one chick had hatched at the centre last year, only to die later. Until two years ago, there were only two white-rumped vulture at the CNP. Today, the centre has 25 male and 31 female vultures, said Bed Bahadur Khadka, the assistant conservation officer of the CNP. 

“Although 15 female vultures had laid eggs this year, only nine chicks have hatched,” he said. 

It is a big achievement to have nine chicks hatched, said Ram Chandra Kandel, the chief conservation officer of the CNP. Ornithologists have said nine chicks hatching in three months was a big achievement. 

“This type of vultures may be extinct from the world within a few years if not conserved. What CNP has done in vulture conservation is extraordinary,” said Basu Biradi, former chairman of Nepal Bird Education Society.  

The CNP is also preparing to translocate some vultures to Jatayu Vulture Restaurant at Namuna Community Forest in Nawalparasi.

Published: 06-03-2017 07:55

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