Nepal is abundantly rich in wildlife and natural habitats which are preserved and protected as National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries and Game Reserves. His Majesty's Government of Nepal established the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) with the aim of ensuring effective conservation and management methods so as to protect and preserve the habitats of the fast diminishing wildlife in the country. In addition to this, it also is responsible for educating people; on environmental issues problems and wildlife management. Within a decade of its existence, the office established seven national parks and three wildlife reserves. These have the necessary legislation, staff and infrastructure.
Among the 14 national parks and wildlife reserves in Nepal, the Royal Chitwan National Park is, by far, the most popular. Established in 1973, this park is situated 140 kms south west of the Kathmandu Valley. This 932 sq km area of low, heavily forested hills is a haven for some of Nepal's most famous wildlife. The lordly tiger, lumbering one horned rhino, leopard, varieties of deer, bear, wild deer and numerous other animals can be observed here. There are crocodiles in the rivers and wealth of birds.
JUNGLE RESORTS AND LODGES
Several, well managed, jungle camps are available which offer tourists comfortable accommodations, elephant rides to view wildlife, canoeing and nature walks with highly trained naturalists. It is easy to fly, drive, bus or even raft to most of them and all you need is three days to sample the excitement of being in a true jungle wilderness. Excellent package tours which include air/ground transportation, accommodation, safaris, and other jungle activities are available from Kathmandu and Pokhara. The staff at Waypoint Adventures can assist you with all of your jungle safari plans and reservations.
INFORMATION ABOUT NEPAL'S NATIONAL PARKS & WILDLIFE
WWF has been providing institutional support to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) since 1994 when a supplementary agreement was signed. Click here to view the WWF Nepal Program.
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