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King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) rescued by Mithila Wildlife Trust (MWT) and brought to Dhanushadham Protected Forest (DPF)

Dhanushadham, 2074/05/01 – Mithila Wildlife Trust (MWT) rescued a King Cobra from the house of Man Bahadur Baniya R/o Karjanha Municipality, Ward No.-2, Siraha district of Nepal. Weighting 3 Kg 345 Gm and 9ft 3 Inch long.

Family member of Mr. Baniya

Family member of Mr. Baniya


The family members of Mr. Baniya had noticed the snake entering inside house on 2074/04/31 BS but they didn’t bother of it thinking that it will move away in the night. But when his daughter in low went to clean the house early morning on 32nd Shrawan 2074, she saw the snake resting behind gate and it moved under gap area of the roof when it was disturbed by them. They waited it to move away, but at afternoon they informed their neighbors for the existence of a snake inside house. Soon, neighbors gathered numbering around 20-25 to kill the snake. Everybody was trying to kill it, when one of the neighbors shouted that this is the same snake preserved by MWT in Dhanushadham Protected Forest (DPF) and he requested everybody to save this snake. Then, they informed Ilaka Police Office, Bandipur and the police official informed to District Forest Office, Siraha via Ilaka Forest Office, Bandipur. And massage was passed to MWT for the rescued via Shankar Narayan Jha who is Assistant Forest Office posted at DPF.

Roof where King Cobra was hiding for the whole day

Roof where King Cobra was hiding for the whole day


Mr. Dev Narayan Mandal, Chairman, MWT rushed to the spot with Lalit Yadav, Forest Guard at DPF for the rescue where he found that police officials had managed to lock the windows and gate of the room and protect the snake from crowd. The snake was rescued successfully by our chairman and was transported to DPF at evening.

The room where King Cobra was locked untill rescue by MWT Nepal

The room where King Cobra was locked untill rescue by MWT Nepal


King Cobra inside a locked room before rescue

King Cobra inside a locked room before rescue


Scientific name of the snake is Ophiophagus hannah, weight is 3Kg 345 Gm and the length is measured to be 9Ft 3 Inch (measured next day in DPF). As small wound is there on the outer skin of the snake, necessary treatment has been given and will be released back in the same range or will be decided according to the suggestion of District Forest Officer.

Till date, MWT has rescued 4 King Cobras from human settlements of the same range covering approx. 200SqrMtr. 3 more King Cobras have been recorded but the regular awareness programmes has made it to live them in their natural habitat without rescue or translocation.

Rescued King Cobra inside wooden rescue box

Rescued King Cobra inside wooden rescue box


The measure threats of these snakes are unmanaged human settlements and habitat loss inside Shivalik Chure range of Nepal.

We heartily thank the residence of the area, the members of Ilaka Police Office & Ilaka Forest Office, Bandipur for the co-operation and support to save this speechless creature. We would also like to request for possible support from helping hands to organize several awareness programmes in the area where nice population of King Cobra is recorded in Nepal.

The lovely face of rescued King Cobra

The lovely face of rescued King Cobra

Weighing the King Cobra in DPF

Dhanushadham Protected Forest is the “ILLICIT FELLING AND GRAZING FREE ZONE (अनियमित कटान तथा चरिचरण मुक्त क्षेत्र)”.

Dhanushadham Protected Forest is being declared as Illicit Felling and Grazing Free Zone on 30th May , 2016 by the respected Secretary, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation.

Welcome gate

Welcome gate of the declaration programme

The interaction and awareness programmes, a strong co-operation from local community, a great leadership of Sh. Shankar Narayan Jha , AFO, Department of Forest, Dhanusha and a continuous and tireless support of Mithila Wildlife Trust made it possible for the forest to achieve it. It is necessary to mention here that total financial expenses for this achievement is Rs.1,500/- (Rupees One Thousand and Five Hundred Only), that too from external sources not the Government/NGO/INGO’s Budget.

Together, Dhanushadham Protected Forest Council (DPF Council) and Mithila Wildlife Trust (MWT) started conservation awareness programmes in July-2013. Over 100 interaction and awareness programmes were organized jointly in all the wards of Dhanushadham Municipality, Dhanusha.

Inscription declaring Dhanushadham Protected Forest as restricted zone for illicit felling and grazing

Inscription declaring Dhanushadham Protected Forest as restricted zone for illicit felling and grazing

Inscription in the office compound of DPF

Inscription in the office compound of DPF

The forest is surrounded by 8,627 household and total of 45,008 population. With this announcement, DPF has become the first forest in the nation to be both Illicit Felling and Grazing Free forest at a time, without temporary or permanent boundary or any type of fencing.

Inauguration by respected secretary, forest

Inauguration by respected secretary, forest

Group photo with Inscription declaring the DPF as restricted zone for illecit felling and grazing

Group photo with Inscription declaring the DPF as restricted zone for illecit felling and grazing

The announcement was made by chief guest Shree Uday Chandra Thakur (Secretary, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation). Programme was chaired by Sh. Jagdish Yadav, President, DPF Council and special guests were Dr. Annapurna Lal Das, Member Secretary, President Chure Tarai Madhesh Sanrakshan Vikash Samiti, Sh. Gaurishankar Timla (DG, Department of Forest), Sh. Jivachh Sah (Personal Secretary, President of Nepal), Sh. Yadubansh Jha (Ex-Minister, Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation), Sh. Ram Kumar Sharma (President, Greater Janakpur Area Development Council), Sh. Braj Kishor Yadav (Ex-DG, Department of Forest), Dr. Akhileshwar Lal Karna (RD, Central Forest Directorate), Sh. Dilip Kumar Chapagai, CDO, Dhanusha), Sh. Suresh Vikram Sah (SSP, Janakpur), Sh. Santosh Mani Nepal (Chief, WWF Nepal), Sh. Raj Kishor Sah (Nimit LDO, Dhanusha), Sh. Raj Kishor Yadav (President, Videh Mithila Tourism Development Board), Sh. Dev Narayan Mandal (Chairman, Mithila Wildlife Trust).

Presence of DFCC members, Media Personals, Nepal Army, APF, line agencies, DFO, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Siraha, Sarlahi, Sindhuli and Chitwan, around 400 local buddies made the programme a historical event for the nation.

MWT Chairman receiving Certificate of Appreciation from Forest Secretary, DG Forest

MWT Chairman receiving Certificate of Appreciation from Forest Secretary, DG Forest

Certificate of Appreciation awarded to MWT Chairman Mr. Dev Narayan Mandal

Certificate of Appreciation awarded to MWT Chairman Mr. Dev Narayan Mandal

Dhanushadham Protected Forest as restricted zone for illicit felling and grazing

Dhanushadham Protected Forest as restricted zone for illicit felling and grazing

It was an inexpressible moment to receive Certificate of Appreciation by the respected Secretary, MoFSC. Both Sh. Dev Narayan Mandal (Chairman, MWT) personally and also MWT officially was awarded along with several supporters of the forest.

Thanks to the residence of Dhanushadham municipality, APF and Nepal Police to support us achieve this goal. We hope that this achievement will support us a lot in development of DPF as a Biological Unit in near future.

Special thanks to Suresh Sharma sir (AFO, DoF, Dhanusha), all DoF, Dhanusha staff and DPF Council Members. This historical achievement was impossible without your unconditional and continuous support.

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