We not only seek to protect the wildlife at the Dhanushadham Protected Forest (DPF), but also help in wildlife preservation throughout Nepal.
Rescue and Relocation
Mithila Wildlife Trust has built the capabilities to rescue reptiles, small mammals and birds to safely restore them to their natural environments.
Due to population growth in the Terai region of Nepal, as well as climate change, the habitats of various wildlife are shrinking and normal patterns of migration are changing. As such these animals are finding themselves in environments not natural to their species.
Many of the animals we rescue have been injured or are disoriented. Some need rehabilitation in the care of humans in order to survive.
While our goal is to expand our existing wildlife rehabilitation facilities, we are currently able to provide care for snakes and turtles.
Ethical Treatment of Wild Animals
As humans reduce the natural habitats of wildlife, tensions arise. This can lead to unnecessary killings and other inhumane treatment of wild animals.
MWT has put in place conflict mitigation programmes within the local community. This has increased awareness about the issues faced by local wildlife and increased the number of rescue calls.
One initiative spearheaded by MWT and the Janakpur Zonal Hospital is the Snake Bite Mortality Rate Reduction Program. The program includes:
- Community education: how to avoid and treat snake bites, species identification, and how to manage a snake intrusion.
- Ensuring primary health posts and healthcare practitioners are equipped to treat snake bites
- Creating several snake-bite treatment centers in Terai
- Equipping MWT with resources to rescue and safely release snakes found in homes/villages.
Habitat Conservation and Restoration
As a result of the conservation efforts in the DPF, and building community awareness, wild animals (mammals, birds and reptiles) has a safe and secure place to live and breed.
As a result, in the DPF, we have growing populations of: Blue Bulls, Wild Boars, Wild Rabbits, various turtle and tortoise species, the Monitor Lizard, Porcupine, Hog Deer, and more.
MWT is now working in partnership with like-minded organizations towards creating connecting wildlife friendly corridors between the Community, Protected, and National Forests across the south of Nepal. It is intended that these corridors will provide safe migration paths for some of Nepal’s most at risk animals.
Conservationists, Environmental Scientists, Wildlife Experts, Students, and more are always welcome at the DPF. MWT partners with experts in related fields to ensure our activities and programmes are in the best interests of those served.
As a collaboration hub we also help facilitate scientific study and research at the DPF and the surrounding area.
6. Knowledge Sharing
As conservation experts, MWT is often invited to speak and provide a voice to the conservation efforts happening in the Terai region. We provide, and speak to conservation news and updates in local, national and international print media, TV, radio, social media, and online media.
At home we encourage tourists and members of the community to come and interact with the many different types of wildlife at the DPF. We share knowledge with them on how to conserve, protect, and respect wildlife. Visitors will often encounter wild monkeys, Blue Bulls, foxes, turtles, snakes, various bird species, and more. It is important to educate visitors about how their environment and how human activity affects these animals, and what they can do to protect them.