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3,641 water birds counted in Shuklaphantha National Park

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KANCHANPUR — A total of 3,641 water birds of 58 species have been recorded in the Shuklaphanta National Park in Kanchanpur district.

The counting of birds was conducted through a direct observation method and with the help of binoculars, according to Park conservation officer Gopal Bahadur Ghimire.

The records show that numbers of water birds in the Shuklaphanta is on the rise every year as it has wetland areas and offers appropriate and safe habitats and food for them.

Water birds migrated from the north pole including Siberia in winter to avoid cold arrive wetland areas, ponds and lakes and riverbanks here. Some of them fly to India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka via this route.

Movements of water birds have been significantly increased in Rani Pond, Salgaudi Pond, Kalikich Pond and Tara Pond areas these days. The sighting of migratory birds begins here since mid-October.

They remain until March-April and fly back to home following breeding. People involved in the counting said that proper management of natural ponds and construction of artificial ponds has attracted water birds in the recent years. Birds of 30-150 species have been found in a single pond during the pond.

Representatives from the park, National Trust for Nature Conservation, Zoological Society of London and ornithologist Hem Sagar Baral were in the counting team.

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26 rhinos die in a year in CNP

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CHITWAN — Chitwan National Park (CNP) witnessed zero poaching of endangered one-horned rhinoceros in the fiscal year 2074/75. But the death of the rhinos by natural causes has increased recently, as the park has lost a total of 26 rhinos to various causes in this period.

26 rhinos died from various reasons including natural disaster in the period, according to the CNP information officer, Nurendra Aryal.

Four rhinos were killed in flood-related incidents with two caught in a marsh caused by the flooding while two were swept away by flood waters, he informed.

Fighting, delivery complications (in case of some female rhinos) and aging are other reasons behind the deaths of a noticeable number of this endangered wildlife last fiscal year. Three female rhinos succumbed to child delivery complications in this period. They died after failing to give birth to their babies.

The park however has recorded no case of rhino poaching since April 8, 2017.However, the number of rhino deaths due to other reasons was slightly up in the year compared to the previous year, according to the CNP Information Officer Aryal.

This figure is followed by 25 and 15 rhino deaths in previous two fiscal years respectively.

The natural causes led to the death of 24 rhinos in the fiscal year 2073/74 and 15 in 2072/73.

The need of a study was felt to seek potential ways for minimising the death risk among rhinos with their death toll increasing every year, CNP chief conservation officer, Bed Kumar Dhakal said. A squad from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation has already begun a study to this end.

The CNP latest details mentioned about 605 rhinos here.

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