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Tiger Successfully Relocated from Chitwan National Park

By Charlotte Kawecki in The Himalaya - 22nd March 2011

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Looking for tigers in Chitwan National Park with Mountain Kingdoms. Photo courtesy of R Hull

Chitwan National Park is one of Nepal's gems and a perfect addition to the Annapurna Circuit trek for those who have the time. Within its borders are leopards, wild elephants, rhinoceroses, sambar, chital deer, wild boars, sloth bears,gaur (a kind of wild cattle), crocodiles, varied bird life – and the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. From elephant safaris to canoeing on the river, there are numerous opportunities to see many of these beautiful animals.

Besides offering a relaxing visit after trekking the Annapurna Circuit, Chitwan National Park plays an important role in wildlife conservation. Recently the park made the news for its role in the conservation efforts surrounding a particular tiger.In September 2010, a male tiger walked into a hotel in Sauhara, Nepal. It panicked and injured itself when trying to get back out, and was taken to Chitwan National Park for rehabilitation. Conservationists soon relocated the big cat to Bardia National Park and, in the final days of the Year of the Tiger (late January 2011), the WWF and the Nepalese government announced that the move from Chitwan to Bardia had been a success.Tiger conservation efforts in Nepal are currently running high, with Krishna Acharya, Director General of Department for National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, saying that the likelihood of doubling the country's tiger population is quite good. Parks such as Chitwan and Bardia play a key role in providing safe, natural habitats for these magnificent cats.For anyone who would like to visit Chitwan National Park,as an addition to the Annapurna Circuit or any other trek or tour in Nepal, we offer a 3-day extension to our itineraries.


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