Initial survey report of ten days shows an positive result for the new project initiated by MWT Herpetologist Mr. Mavish and his research team. Almost all the houses of Dhanusha village of Nepal shows one or two snake bites in last two year. The common snakes, peoples encountered was Cobra and Krait (Poisonous), Rat snake, Wolf snake, Water snake, Striped Keelback, Vine snake, Pythons, etc. Villagers kills all these speechless creatures without any humanity, as thinking of poisonous ones. They are unaware of importance of these creature in our environment, even though they are the friends of farmer. In addition our herpetologist added that, every one of these area want us to rescue those creatures on time, delay of a minute or two because of traffic pretend villagers to wipe off these speechless ones from the earth. If this attitude of human being continues, it is sure that number of reptile species is giong to vanish from earth in no time. Here comes the importance of rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife team.
Yesterday afternoon MWT Chairman Mr. Dev Narayan Mandal, Herpetologist Mr. Mavish Kumar, and their team ceased Six snakes from a charmer who was performing the illegal show in Bara Bhiga ground, Janakpur. This is the third time MWT team rescuing such speechless creatures from charmers. They remove poisonous fangs of
snakes and perform to the audience saying that it’s a form of God, it’s a snake Goddess, once you were hissed by those snakes you will get moksha, and such persons will not be getting snake bite etc. which all are foolishness and misunderstand thrown to villagers for getting money from audience said by our herpetologist. Also he added once these charmers remove the fangs, thereafter such snakes will not have food which leads to the death of the snake in two to three month. When the reality and truth was opened to audience by our chairman all turned against to such performance, which is an positive attitude and strength given by Janakpur residents to our work.
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Today afternoon our team rescued two Cobras, two Rat snakes, one Vine snake, and a rare species of Flying/ Gliding snake (Chrysopelea ornata) from Barah Biga ground. Also warned the sapera not to perform such crime in nepal again.
Range Forest Officer at Dhanushadham Protected Forest, Mr. Shankar Narayan Jha arranged a conference inside the forest in presence of Local Community members, youth, teacher, political parties, Administrative Department, Mithila Wildlife Trust members and other stakeholders on 24.01.2014 (10.10.2070 B.S.) and announced that today onward carrying carry Arms, Instruments and Weapons like Axe (Banchro), Spade (Kodalo), Sickle (Hansiya), Khurpi etc. will be strictly prohibited.
All the members present in the conference, promised and signed the minuting which clearly mentions that the instruments found inside forest will be seized by Forest Department and none of them will be influencing or forcing the Forest Department to release the seized instruments.
As per survey conducted by Mithila Wildlife Trust, the forest has lost its equilibrium within 7-10 years. Tree Bark of 90% adult tree has been removed by the heavy population of surrounding villages. Firing the forest, cutting down the trees illegally to fulfill their need of firewood, illegal sand mining and overgrazing are some of the main causes which has made this pathetic condition of the forest.
The action taken by Forest Department is quite impressive. It will definitely support to protect the diminishing forest, which is the only patch of forest remaining in Terai region of Dhanusha district.
MWT conducted a Wildlife Awareness Camp in Mithileshwar Mauwahi Secondary School, Dhanusha, Nepal.
Both students and teachers of the school were present in the awareness camp.
We shared the myths and truths about snakes in our society. We told them about the requirement of snakes for balance ecosystem of our earth. They were very much exited because this was the first time they heard that we should save snakes.
Principal of the school “Mr. Lakshmeshwar Mandal” suggested to conduct such awareness camp at night as the Projector was not useful in the day time” and we conducted same campaign at night as well.