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Parahawking in Nepal

October 30th, 2009 With breathtaking views of the Himalayas, you can soar alongside Egyptian Vultures and Black Kites who will approach to take food out of your hand.  They are specially trained rescue birds who can’t be returned to the wild.  Among them is Kevin the young Egyptian Vulture, famous for his scrapes with Steppe Eagles.  The ultimate aim of the venture is to draw attention to the serious decline of Asian vultures, being poisoned to extinction by vet-prescribed drug Diclofenac.   Visit www.parahawking.com for more information, as well as www.himalayanraptorrescue.org

Himalayas threatened

August 10th, 2009

Tiger and snow leopard numbers fall in Nepal

July 27th, 2009 The latest census on tigers and snow leopards in Nepal shows a fall in the numbers of both species. The tiger population has declined, albeit slightly, from 123 in 2003 to 121. Snow leopards have fallen to between 300 and 400, while previously their number was estimated at between 400 and 500. Snow leopard network Update: See also Science Daily (better analysis of story) 121 Breeding Tigers Estimated To Be Found In Nepal “The first ever overall nation-wide estimate of the tiger population brought a positive ray of hope among conservationists. The figures… show the presence of 121 (100 – 194) breeding tigers in the wild within the four protected areas of Nepal.” “”Tiger numbers have increased in Chitwan but decreased in Bardia and Shuklaphanta,” said Mr. Anil Manandhar, Country Representative, WWF Nepal. “In spite of the decade long insurgency, encroachment, poaching and illegal trade, the present numbers is a positive sign, but we can’t remain unworried. The declining numbers in western Nepal has posed more challenges, needing a concerted effort to save this charismatic endangered species focusing on anti-poaching and illegal wildlife trade.” See also: Snow leopard holidays

Rhino poaching rife

July 26th, 2009 Rhino poaching in both in Africa and Asia has risen to a 15-year-high driven by Asian demand for horns, according to new research. An estimated two to three animals are being killed a week in some areas. “An estimated three rhinos were illegally killed each month in all of Africa from 2000-05, out of a population of around 18,000. In contrast, 12 rhinoceroses now are being poached each month in South Africa and Zimbabwe alone, the three groups told the 58th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Standing Committee this week in Geneva.” The problem is not restricted to Africa “About 10 rhinos have been poached in India and at least seven in Nepal since January alone” Science Daily See also

Nepal’s dolphins critically endangered

July 26th, 2009 As few as six freshwater Ganges dolphins remain in the Karnali River in Nepal. Just 30 years ago, the river was home to approximately one hundred. The reason lies in water development projects,  hunting dolphins, pollution and overfishing. Ecoworldly

Trivia about Everest

July 22nd, 2009