Nepal wildlife tour, East to West

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Nepal wildlife tour, East to West

Environment

On this trip we visit some of the most unique and endangered wildlife habitats in the world.

Shuklaphanta very recently got its status changed from Wildlife Reserve to Shuklaphanta National Park and is currently Nepal“s youngest National Park. It was announced as a wildlife reserve in 1976 with the primary objective to conserve swamp deer. The national park currently hosts about 2,000 swamp deer (the single largest herd in the world), and an estimated 17 wild Bengal tigers.

At the resort in Suklaphanta as well as the camp in Koshi, they support schools for awareness programs on wildlife conservation, and they and provide resources to the Park and Reserve for patrolling and wildlife censuses (for example water birds, Swamp Francolin, and Wild Buffalo), such as boats, vehicles and their naturalists“ expertise. Furthermore, they have created improved habitats for birds by managing wetland, and planting fruit trees in the compound for the birds to feed on. They have made bird blinds to watch the birds without disturbing them.

Chitwan National Park forms a fragile and unique eco-system, which is home to many rare and endangered species such as the Bengal tiger, the One Horned Rhino, the Asian elephant, and the Gharial crocodile. Furthermore, with an astounding 848 species of birds identified across the country of Nepal, approximately 500 can be observed in Chitwan.

In Chitwan, we initiated and still support The Long Term Tiger Monitoring Project, which was launched in 1980. From 1995 till today, two wildlife technicians, initially from the company, have been camera trapping tigers. They have produced the most detailed data to date on tiger ecology, territorial dynamics, turnover, reproduction and tiger survival. Research is the key to sound management of protected areas. Research, coupled with other efforts, will help develop policy for management of areas not directly covered by government protection.

Community

We offer local people good working conditions, a fair wage, and empower them with training opportunities.

99% of the staff of the company are Nepalese, and most of them are recruited from the local areas where we operate. They are the essence of the company and they work on all levels from management to ground operations. We believe in homegrown leaders, which is exemplified by having all key roles in the lodge in Chitwan occupied by people from the local Tharu tribe, from the manager to the supervisors and the naturalists, who all received their training within the company, but also got chances to go abroad for upgrading their skills. As a family run company, we are proud that our longest serving staff member has been with us for nearly fifty years, and that we now employ the fourth generation from loyal staff families.

The company and our partners support schools in both Chitwan and Koshi. In Chitwan we run a school for children at risk, and since 1996 hundreds of children have started their education with us. In Koshi, the camp supports local schools with building toilets, among other things (see above).

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