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APF seize Panchaunle worth Rs 80 million from Kanchanpur

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KANCHANPUR — A huge collection of protected Panchaunle, or the Dactylorhiza hatagirea, was seized from near the Matena area of Bhimdutta Municipality in Kanchanpur on Sunday.

A team of Armed Police Force (APF) seized four sacks of the protected herb worth Rs 80 million while being transported to India on a Nepali motorbike (Ma 1 Pa 3436) and a bike with Indian license plate, UA 06 G 2963.

The confiscated herb has been sent to the District Forest Office, Kanchanpur, said Netra KC, APF’s Superintendent.

The market price of the seized herb is estimated to be more than Rs 80 million. The sale, distribution or supply of the herb is banned in Nepal.


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25 Ghariyal crocodiles released into Rapti River from CNP





CHITWAN — Twenty-five Ghariyal species of crocodiles from the crocodile breeding centre in Chitwan National Park (CNP) were released into Rapti River on Friday.

The act of releasing crocodiles into the natural habitat was carried out differently this time, with the involvement of local Bote, Majhi and Musahar communities.

The crocodiles were named after the three communities in a symbolic way to help preserve the endangered species.

The initiative was carried out by the National Trust for Nature Conservation, Chitwan with support of Zoological Society of London in Nepal.

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This innovative way of marking the crocodiles was carried out with the objective of increasing awareness of the locals in the protection and conservation of wildlife, said protection officer at CNP, Ved Bahadur Khadka.

Ghariyal species of crocodiles are now limited to Chitwan and Bardia only, and so far more than 1,000 Ghariyals have been released into the rivers. But only few have survived.

Latest census indicates there are only 198 of them in the rivers of Nepal. The crocodile breeding centre in CNP has 595 crocodiles at present, with a plan to release around 100 of them into their natural habitat this year.

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