Swamp deer population up in Bardiya NP
BARDIYA: The population of swamp deer has gone up in the Bardiya National Park. According to the park office, the swamp deer numbered 63 in 2007 and the population has reached 105 this year. As per the latest census, 16 adult males, 60 females, eight semi-adult and 21 fawns have been counted.
Park wildlife technicians had conducted a census of the swamp deer from May 22 to 26 through the direct method. Thirty technicians were mobilized for the census who travelled to different parts of the park on 15 elephants.
Similarly, there are more than 100 tigers including cubs, 24 rhinos, more than 80 wild elephants, about 20,000 spotted deer, 216 antelopes, a sizeable number of hare and boar, over 53 species of mammals including ten protected species, more than 438 species of birds including six endangered species, 121 species of fish and more than 25 species of reptiles.
Considered as the largest wildlife park of the country in the Tarai region, the Bardiya National Park spreads over 968 kilometre square area. It straddles Banke and Bardiya districts. RSS