PALPA, Nov 27: The vultures inhabiting the banks of the Kaligandaki river are on the verge of becoming extinct these days.
The vulture population that used to inhabit Khairenighat, Ramghat, Puttarghat, Balighat among other areas in the Kaligandaki river valley is dwindling by the day.
It is said the numbers of vulture nests has drastically decreased over the years. There were more than 300 vulture nests around Ramghat area a decade back. But there are only around 15-20 nests now, said a local, Buddhi Prakash Regmi.
Although the Khaireni forest area at Rampur Municipality-13 has been declared a 'vulture conservation zone', the vultures population is decreasing due to lack of effective conservation efforts.
Kamal Prasad Adhikari, a local, said that vulture population flourished before as people used to throw the animal carcasses in the open at a place far from the human settlements providing food for the carrion birds. But the people no longer throw the animal carcasses in the open these days and the vultures are vanishing, he argued.
It is said nine out of the 23 different species of vultures found in the world are found in Nepal. RSS