In Nepal, Government, Community Collaboration Boosts Wild Tiger Population
Bal Kumari Mahatwo, 34, sells everything from hand cream to biscuits at the general store in her village. She is also a tailor who makes bamboo handicrafts in her spare time.
But even with all of those duties, Mahatwo also finds time once a week for a potentially dangerous pursuit.
She and several other volunteers spend three to five hours patrolling an area called a buffer zone of the Chitwan National Park, a wildlife reserve and Nepal’s first national park, near Nepal’s southern border. She’s patrolling to prevent poachers from hunting wild animals, including rhinos and tigers, and to rescue wild animals that have wandered into nearby villages.
Nepal has been an inspiration for tiger conservationists for many years already.
This example of the collaboration between the government and communities shows again why.