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Inauguration of Snake Enclosure and Cleaning of Dhanush Temple Area on occasion of Wildlife Week 2072 and New Year 2072.

On occasion of 20th Wildlife Week 2072 and New Year 2072, Department of Forest, Dhanusha in support of Dhanushadham Protected Forest Council and Save The Historical Janakpur, Dhanushadham Mass-cleaning Programme, Interaction Programme and Awareness Rally was organized at Dhanushdham in chairmanship of CDO, Dhanusha. APF Chief and members, Civil Police with members, Nepal Army,  District Forest Officer including Forest Department staff, Save the Historical Janakpur including members, DPF Council members, Mithila Wildlife Trust & members, Media personals including Patrakar Mahasangh Dhanusha chief, all political parties and so many other members participated in the great occasion. Dhanush Temple area, Dhanush Pond area and Ramjanki Temple area in front of Dhanush Temple were cleaned.

Mr. Krishna Prashad Dhungana, CDO, Dhanusha inaugurated the Snake Enclosure which was designed and constructed by Mithila Wildlife Trust in financial support of Department of Forest, Dhanusha, M/s Parshuram Bricks Industry and M/s Mahavir Bricks Industry. Cobra was released in the enclosure in presence of everybody present during the occasion.

It was really an exciting function for us as it is the first physical development in Dhanushadham Protected Forest. We hope this will give a new turn in development of proposed Dhanushadham Biological Unit.

We are grateful to our supporters and well wishers and wish a very very happy and prosperous new year 2072.

Shankar Narayan Jha, AFO Dhanusha and Jagdish Yadav, Chairman DPF Council cleaining Dhanush Temple Compound

Shankar Narayan Jha, AFO Dhanusha and Jagdish Yadav, Chairman DPF Council cleaining Dhanush Temple Compound

MWT Chairman explaining about wildlife of Dhanushadham Protected Forest to Mr. Krishna Prashad Dhungana, CDO Dhanusha

MWT Chairman explaining about wildlife of Dhanushadham Protected Forest to Mr. Krishna Prashad Dhungana, CDO Dhanusha

Mr. Birendra Sah, DFO Dhanusha explaining about expenses of Snake enclosures constructed by MWT

Mr. Birendra Sah, DFO Dhanusha explaining about expenses of Snake enclosures constructed by MWT

Interaction Programme on 2071.01.01 on occasion of Wildlife Week 2072 in the compound DPF Office

Interaction Programme on 2071.01.01 on occasion of Wildlife Week 2072 in the compound DPF Office

Ganga Sevak and Participants busy in cleaning Dhanush temple area

Ganga Sevak and Participants busy in cleaning Dhanush temple area

AFO Shankar Narayan Jha and Local public busy in cleaning Dhanushsh Temple Area

AFO Shankar Narayan Jha and Local public busy in cleaning Dhanushsh Temple Area

All set to clean Dhanush Temple Area at Dhanushadham

All set to clean Dhanush Temple Area at Dhanushadham

CDO Dhanusha, DFO Dhanusha and AFO Dhanusha cleaning Dhanush Temple area on 2071.01.01

CDO Dhanusha, DFO Dhanusha and AFO Dhanusha cleaning Dhanush Temple area on 2071.01.01

CDO Dhanusha, MWT Chairman and members cleaning Dhanush temple area

CDO Dhanusha, MWT Chairman and members cleaning Dhanush temple area

Rescue of a Common Cobra from Mithileshwar Mauwahi-5, Dhanusha

Cobra snake hiding in an old Brick Wall

Cobra snake hiding in an old Brick Wall

On 02nd April 2015, we received a rescue call at 9:30AM from Mr. Ravindra Pandit, a local resident of Mithileshwar Mauwahi VDC. He requested to reach as much earlier as possible, mentioning that around 50 people have gathered around and they are trying to kill the snake.

MWT Chairman rushed to the spot and searched for the snake. The snake was hiding in an old brick wall. It took little bit time to rescue the hiding snake, but we were able to save life of a speechless creature. Snake is around 5.5ft long Common Cobra (Naja naja) and is transported to Dhanushadham Protected Forest.

Rescuing the Common Cobra Snake in Mithileshwar Mauwahi by Dev Narayan Mandal, Chairman, MWT

Rescuing the Common Cobra Snake in Mithileshwar Mauwahi by Dev Narayan Mandal, Chairman, MWT

We are thankful to local villagers for their help in rescuing the snake.

MODEL PLOT CLEANING INSIDE DHANUSHADHAM PROTECTED FOREST

In the current financial year, we have received a program from Department of Forest, to clean shrub of 5 hectare area inside Dhanushadham Protected Forest.

Labour cleaning the unwanted shrubs of Dhanushadham Protected Forest

Labour cleaning the unwanted shrubs of Dhanushadham Protected Forest

The aim is to clean shrubs of 5 hectare area and compare the natural germination and development of plant species in shrub clear and unclear area.

There is countless germination of different plant species including Sal, Jamun, Amla, Siris, Sisam, Khayr and others.

Natural Germination of Sal in Dhanushadham Protected Forest

Natural Germination of Sal in Dhanushadham Protected Forest

The above photo explains the natural germination power of this forest as other forests of Nepal. But, the fact is there is not even a single Two years or older tree, due to community made fire, over grazing and unmanaged mud cutting inside forest.

Natural Germination of Gular in Dhanushadham Protected Forest

Natural Germination of Gular/Sycamore in Dhanushadham Protected Forest

Natural Germination of Amrudh in Dhanushadham Protected Forest

Natural Germination of Guava in Dhanushadham Protected Forest

Let’s hope that the conservation we have been able to provide to the forest with strong community support will be able to secure future of the forest.

We are once again thanking the community people and stakeholders for their strong support and cooperation.

COMMUNITY INTERACTION PROGRAMME STARTED IN BUFFER ZONE OF DHANUSHADHAM PROTECTED FOREST

AFO Shankar Narayan Jha explaining the programmes of current financial year

AFO Shankar Narayan Jha explaining the programmes of current financial year

Department of Forest, Dhanusha and Mithila Wildlife Trust, Nepal together started Community Interaction Programme in buffer zone of Dhanushadham Protected Forest. The Programme has been started from Dharampur village and will be end at Nausay village.

Participants of Community Interaction Programme

Participants of Community Interaction Programme

The programme is divided in 4 parts as under;

  1. Community share their feedback on the programmes operated in last financial year and their expectation in current financial year.
  2. Dhanushadham Protected Forest Council explains the programmes and budget for current financial year.
  3. Mithila Wildlife Trust explains the status of wild animals of the forest, expectations from community to protect them and methods to minimize human-wildlife conflict in the buffer zone.
  4. All the participants including council members and MWT members roam inside forest for 1 hour to see the changes inside forest after One year of conservation.
Participants of Interaction Programme inside DPF

Participants of Interaction Programme inside DPF

Two programmes have been completed so far. All the valuable feedback and suggestions from community have been noted, so that, we can include them in future.

Commitments of continuous support from local community really encourage us in conservation and development of the forest.

RESCUE OF AN INJURED NILGHAI (BLUE BULL) (एउटा घाईते निलगाईको उद्धार)

Nilghai met with an accident on East-West Highway at Pushpvalpur

Nilghai met with an accident on East-West Highway at Pushpvalpur

One Nilghai (blue bull) met with an accident with an ambulance in Pushpvalpur Sector Forest area of East-West National Highway and both backside legs were broken. We treated the Blue Bill with help of our volunteer vet Dr. Shailendra Mandal, though we had limited sources with us. Surgery was required for the Blue Bull which facility was not available with us and we requested for the help from wildlife experts & well established organizations working for animals in Nepal.  Same kind of treatment was given to protected animals in National Park but they couldn’t do it for this particular Blue bull.

Dr. Shailendra Mandal (MWT) Treating the injured Nilghai

Dr. Shailendra Mandal (MWT) Treating the injured Nilghai

A Blue Bull/ Nilghai cannot be important for entire country but it is quite important for the district like Dhanusha where no other wild animals can be sighted easily. Every tourist to Dhanushadham Protected Forest seems exited to see Nilghai in the forest, perhaps unavailability of other animals can be the reason.

Whenever animal rights issues are discussed in our country, we can read various articles in national media against it, stating that the country where not even basic rights of human beings are taken care, it is too earlier to discuss the Animal rights. They can be right on their part as the organization like UNHCR is also not able to work independently in our country. But the question is can we skip from our responsibilities to protect wild animals of the country? Won’t it be possible to construct a fully equipped veterinary hospital in our country where millions are spent organizing conferences in Five Star hotels? Is Blue bull not a part of our ecosystem?

Providing water to injured Nilghai

Providing water to injured Nilghai

Let’s hope that our government will take some positive initiatives to minimize such incidents in future.

जनवरी—२०१५ मा धनुषा जिल्लाको पुष्पवलपुर सेक्टर वन क्षेत्र भित्र पर्ने पूर्व पश्चिम राजमार्गमा एउटा पुरुष निलगाई, विरामी छोडेर आऊँदै गरेको एक एम्बुलेन्स सित ठोक्किएर निलगाईको पछाडीको दुईटै खुट्टा भाँचिन गयो । हामीले हाम्रा स्वम्सेवी भेट डा. शैलेन्द्र मण्डलको सहयोगमा उक्त निलगाईलाई हाम्रो सीमित स्रोत साधनको सहयोगमा साधारण उपचार ग¥यौ । निलगाईलाई शैल्यक्रियाको आवश्यकता थियो जसको लागी हामीले नेपालका मानिने विज्ञहरु सित सहयोगको गुहार पनि लगायौँ तर वहाँ सबै असमर्थ देखिए । संरक्षित जनावरहरुका लागी केही निकुञ्जहरुमा यस्ता उपचार भएको पाईए ता पनि यस निलगाईका लागी केही गर्न सकिएन । सिंगो मुलुकका लागी यो जनावर चासोको विषय नभए पनि धनुषा जिल्लाको लागी सँधै नै उत्सुकताको विषय हो । धनुषाधाम संरक्षित वनमा आउने प्रायः सबै पर्यटकले यसलाई हेर्ने इच्छा जाहीर गर्छन । सम्भवतः यस वनमा अर्को जनावर नभएर पनि यो यहाँको समुदायको चासोको विषय हुन सक्छ ।

हुन त जब हाम्रो देशमा जनावरको अधिकारको कुरा उठ्छ, नेपालका राष्ट्रिय मिडीयाहरुमा पनि यसको विरोधमा लेखहरु पढ्न मिली हाल्छन्, तर्क हुन्छ, मानव अधिकारका आधारभूत आवश्यकताहरु अबलम्बन गर्न नसकेको यस देशमा अहिले नै जनावर अधिकारको कुरा गर्नु धेरै जल्दी भयो । यू.एन.एच.सी.आर. जस्ता संस्थाले पनि स्वतन्त्रता पूर्वक का गर्न नसकेको परिवेषमा उनिहरुको आफ्ना तर्कहरु पनि जायज हुन सक्छन् । तर के यति मात्र भनि दिएर हामी आफ्ना जिम्मेवारीहरुबाट पञ्छिन सक्छौ ? के जनावर अधिकार सम्बन्धि पाँचतारे होटेलहरुमा कन्फेरेन्सका लागी अरबौ खर्चिने यस देशमा फूल फ्लेज्ड भेटेरिनरी होस्पिटल बनाउन सम्भब छैन् ? के निलगाई ईकोसिस्टमको हिस्सा होईन् ?

आफ्नो अथक प्रयासले पनि उक्त निलगाईलाई बचाँउन नसकेको मा हामी सबै दुःखी छौँ तै पनि आशा गर्दछौँ कि भविष्यमा यस्ता समस्याहरुको समाधान प्रति हाम्रा सरकारले उचित कदम चाल्ने छन् ।