Jajarkot, February 26, 2018: People of Jajarkot have initiated steps involved in the conservation of the endangered species of animals and birds like red panda, vultures and ‘cheer pheasant’.
Animals and birds determine the future of humankind as, if one species is extinct it affects the whole food chain of other living beings. So, the people of Jajarkot have been attentive and contributing towards the conservation of animals and birds in spite of the financial problems and lack of economic support.
Govinda Singh, who is involved in the conservation of birds, said that allocation of the budget is important for the conservation campaign. Barekot and Nalgad rural municipalities of Jajarkot are the homes to the huge number of vultures and red pandas. Singh expressed worry over government’s negligence to the conservation of such wild animals and birds.
According to Singh, massive public awareness is must for protection of such wildlife. He mentioned, “People need to be aware of the importance of these species, recognize and contribute towards saving these species by stopping the indiscriminate poaching of the red panda, vultures and cheer pheasants and poisoning of these species.”
The government of Nepal put a ban on production, import and use of veterinary diclofenac in 2006 and endorsed Vulture Conservation Action Plan for Nepal in 2009. Vultures are primary consumers of carrion and carcass. They dispose dead animals in nature and help in preventing the spread of zoonotic diseases. Four species of vultures in Asia are in grave danger of extinction across the Indian subcontinent due to toxic drug diclofenac.
Worried about their dwindling numbers, an international effort has been successful in mobilizing local communities in eastern Nepal to save the species of pandas. Pandas are regarded as a sign of good luck, the red panda is facing an existential threat inspite of their symbolic importance.
Birds like the dove and Lophura leucomelanos (Kalij), several types of deer, hare and other animals which would be commonly seen in the jungles have become hard to find these days. Due to smugglers and poachers, the forest resources like precious medicinal herbs and wildlife is being drastically drained in spite of the effort of the people and the government.