Our achievements and activities have been covered by medias time and again. Here are few of them:
Settlements push into forests: 11 straying leopards killed in 5 yrs
Aug 6, 2018-As many as 11 common leopards have died in human-wildlife conflict in Kathmandu Valley in the past five years. The number of leopard deaths was compiled from cases reported by the District Forest Offices of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur since 2013. An ongoing study, conducted by the Friends of Nature (FON) on human-leopard conflict in the Valley, shows that these leopards were killed as they entered human settlements from nearby forests.
Endangered Red Pandas Found in Tehrathum
During a month-long study by the Friends of Nature, an organisation working in conservation sector, spotted red pandas through the camera-trapping method. The organisation carried out the study regarding the habitat in Tinjure-Milke-Jaljala forest, which is known as capital of rhododendron, with the financial support of the Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN).
Special Achievement Award for Owl Conservation
Houston Nature Centre has honored Raju Acharya with the World Owl Hall of Fame special award for his outstanding contribution in the research and conservation of owls.
Rediscovery of 'Extinct' Wild Yak in Nepal
A wild yak, thought to be extinct almost five decades ago from high mountainous region in Nepal, has been spotted by a team of researchers for the first time in a remote area of Humla district. The first-ever rare photo of the wild yak, locally known as Jungali Chauri Gai, taken in Limi village, Humla on June 11 last year, was verified last Thursday by the Natural History Museum, which specifies in identification of any museum specimens in the country.
Company of Wolf
Wolves do not just howl and growl in the distance, but stalk and hunt domestic animals such as horse, which costs almost Rs100,000, and further weakens the poor economy of the people in the Himalayan region. So people deeply consider wolves as their greatest ‘foe’ and yearn to exterminate them. There is a system, which has become a ritual in these areas, to felicitate huntsmen and hunters who slay wolves. Thus, they directly undermine wolf conservation measures. The conservationists, however, recently concluded a ‘wolf-talk’ in Kathmandu regarding wolf conservation. As for the Himalayan inhabitants, talks about wolf conversation are just a natter.
Rare wildlife spotted in Eastern Nepal
Golden cat, a rare wildlife, has been spotted for the first time inside Makalu Barun National Park, for the first time. The park spreads over Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha districts.
Earlier, the reports by International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN) in 2001 had mentioned that the ‘golden cat’ would not be found at the park. But it has been spotted in Maghantar forest, in the park recently.
Nepal Owl Festival
An owl festival is to be held in Barpak, Gorakha district on March 6.
The festival is taking place at the Himalaya Higher Secondary School at Barpak-4 with the support of Friends of Nature, Coordinator of the Festival Organising Main Committee, Jeet Ghale, said.
Green School connecting Chepang kids with the world
Gone are the days when Chepangs, a marginalised ethnic community, confined themselves in managing hand-to-mouth existence, let along other modern services and facilities. Thanks to the Green School Programme (GSP), now the Chepang students at Korak in Chitwan have access to the Internet, which has brought changes in their lifestyle of late while connecting them to the world through the facility.