LALITPUR, Feb 17: The first ever international symposium on Asian primates has kicked off here today.
Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun inaugurated the four-day symposium amid a special function jointly organized by Nepal Biodiversity Research Society (NEBORS) and Tribhuvan University, Institute of Science and Technology.
On the occasion, Vice President Pun felicitated a Japanese national for his outstanding contribution to NEBORS in research and exploration of primes.
Shedding light on the objectives of the symposium, President of NEBORS informed that Nepal was home to three categories of non-human primates namely- Rhesus monkey, Assamese monkey and Hanuman Langur.
Director General of Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), Man Bahadur Khadka, stated that wild animals were hidden treasures of biodiversity and required preservation. "Human intrusion in the habitat of animals has posed grave risk to the species endangering their existence," he said, underscoring on importance of conserving natural habitat.
The symposium is attended by over 50 experts and researchers from India, China, Bangladesh, the USA, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, including Nepal.