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International vulture festival starts in Western Nepal

NAWALPARASI: The international vulture festival has begun at Panchanagar in Nawalparasi district from Sunday. The three-day festival organised at the initiative of Panchanagar Village Development Committee has different stalls related to a variety of publicity materials for spreading public awareness on vulture conservation.

The objective of the festival is to make people aware of the crucial place of vulture in maintaining the ecosystem, said festival main preparations committee coordinator, Yadav Khanal.

Vultures battle for a cow carcass as they feed at a vulture restaurant in Nawalparasi, southwest of Kathmandu. The restaurant, established in 2006 to provide a place where vultures can feed healthily, aims to boost the population of wild vultures which are considered an endangered species in Nepal. (Reuters)
Vultures battle for a cow carcass as they feed at a vulture restaurant in Nawalparasi, southwest of Kathmandu. The restaurant, established in 2006 to provide a place where vultures can feed healthily, aims to boost the population of wild vultures which are considered an endangered species in Nepal. (Reuters)

The organizers expect some 2,000 people will observe the event.

Pictures of several species of vulture found in Nepal have been put on a display in the festival. They were taken and collected by Photo Journalist (associated with Annapurna Post, a national daily), Krishnamani Baral.

It is learnt that out of nine species of vulture found in the South Asia, eight are found in Nepal.

The first international vulture festival was organised at Basa of Tilakpur in the district last year. RSS

Published Date: Sunday, April 8th, 2012 | 04:51 AM

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