Nepal is now often cited as a success story for conservation. Its Government announced it had achieved a milestone in conservation efforts on World Wildlife Day 2014, when it claimed “zero poaching of rhinos, tigers, and elephants for the year ending February 2014.
Protecting wildlife has become a top priority of the government and the army, frontline staff in national parks and reserves, police and local communities are working together across the major protected areas with tigers, Chitwan and Bardia national parks, and Parsa and Suklaphanta wildlife reserves, to crack down on wildlife criminals.
A 2013 census estimated that there were around 198 wild tigers across the country an increase of around 60% since a census in 2009. Due to increased protection, population numbers in some National Parks in Nepal have increased.
A new project from ZSL trialing ‘Participatory Approaches to Corridor-Coexistence with Tigers’, reducing human-tiger conflict situation for communities living in the buffer zones of Parsa National Park.
The Parsa National Park has recently been upgraded from a Wildlife Reserve. This Zoological Society of London project will enable PNP management to effectively monitor and protect tigers within one of the most important tiger recovery sites in Nepal.
This project from Himalayan Nature will carry out a habitat assessment of Trijuga Forest, in eastern Nepal a key biodiversity area and potential tiger habitat for animals dispersing along the Terai.