The Ranger With A Hunting Past
Banke National Park, recognized by locals as “a Gift to the Earth” for its rich biodiversity and important habitats, was declared in the year 2010 – making it Nepal’s youngest National Park.
Despite being Nepal’s youngest National Park, its tiger population has doubled from (3-7) tigers in 2013 to 8 (7-11) in 2016 as shown by a study conducted jointly by the Department of National park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), WWF Nepal and National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC).
Bringing tigers back to the area was previously thought to be impossible. Banke National Park’s success demonstrated again Nepal’s government commitment to our Tx2 goal. Already, Nepal has made significant steps towards successful conservation such as adopting a Zero Poaching approach and moving towards CA|TS scheme.
Almost a barren forest prior to 2010, park management has restored the quality of forests and wildlife habitats and re-colonization of species in Banke National Park.
Tigers have found their home here since heavy pressure from logging, livestock grazing, prey poaching, woodcutting etc has been dealt with. It is no longer considered a rare event to find signs of their presence. For the first time, tiger breeding was recorded with two female tigers accompanied by one cub each!
The Park joins Bardia National Park towards the West and is linked to a transboundary landscape that connects Suhelwa Wildlife Sanctuary in India towards the South.
Through collaboration within and between countries, the global goal of Tx2 can be achieved.