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Kanchan Thapa

The author is wildlife lead and conservation biologist at WWF Nepal

Assessing tiger population

Published On: September 24, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Kanchan Thapa

Monitoring tiger populations at regular intervals is vital to assess ecological health of a protected area as well as results of conservation effort

Lessons from the past

Published On: April 20, 2018 07:20 AM NPT By: Kanchan Thapa

The last blackbuck of Shuklaphanta National Park was hunted down when modern conservation had just started in Nepal in 1970s. Between the sixties and seventies, swamp deer and wild water buffalo became locally extirpated from Chitwan Valley while the rhino population in the vast expanse of the Rapti river floodplain was at a record low.

Corridors of life

Published On: July 13, 2017 01:00 AM NPT By: Kanchan Thapa

Nepal aims to increase the number of tigers to double the current level by 2018. But it has been tough to balance its conservation and infrastructure development.