Celebrating 22 years of Central-Zoo under NTNC Management

Celebrating 22 years of Central-Zoo under NTNC Management

Nature and wildlife lovers from varying walks of life gathered this Friday on Poush 14 (December 29) to join in the 22nd Anniversary celebrations of the Central-Zoo since being under the management of the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC). The auspicious occasion coincides each year with the birthday of the then-King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, who had handed over the Zoo’s management responsibility to NTNC for a total of thirty years.

The occasion, that is also a culmination of the various related activities undertaken during the past fortnight, is meant to formally honor participants and winners with due recognition and award. To this end numerous trophies and prizes were distributed to mainly school students partaking in the related competitions and activities by the Chief Guest of the event – the Hon. Minister for Forests and Soil Conservation (also NTNC Chairman) Mr. Bikram Pandey. Other prominent speakers at the event also included Dr. Yubak Dhoj GC – Secretary of the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation; Mr. Man Bahadur Khadka – Director General of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation; and Mr. Govinda Gajurel – Member Secretary of NTNC.


School children in performance at the 22nd anniversary celebrations


Emphasizing on the wide reaching significance that the Central-Zoo has had on educating and creating close kinship for wildlife, especially among the urban youth, the speakers also shared some evident challenges about housing the 114 animal species inside the 6ha area of the present Zoo facility. In this relation the planned Zoological Garden by the Government of Nepal in Surya Binayak, Bhaktapur that is expected to cover an area of 245ha comes as good news for the future of Nepal’s ex situ conservation endeavors. Again, keeping with its experience and expertise, NTNC is expected to manage the Wildlife Rescue Center (14.29ha) within the planned Zoological Garden.


Hon. Minister, MoFSC and Chief Guest officially releasing the most recent publication by NTNC-BCC


Besides the distribution of prizes and awards, other notable highlights at the event included: an enthralling poetry performance by the first three winners of the Action Poetry Competition held earlier during the past week; a traditional Nepali folk dance by primary school children; as well as a book release titled “वन्यजन्तुबाट हुनसक्ने खतरा र जोगिने उपायहरु” (T: Potential Dangers from Wildlife and Related Solutions). The book is published by the Biodiversity Conservation Center (NTNC-BCC) with funding support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Little children seen dancing in celebration before the audience


Winner of the Action Poetry Competition up for her staggering performance for her poem 'Prakriti' (T: Nature)


Officially closing the annual celebrations, throughout the past fortnight, a range of activities have been pursued especially for our (Friends of Zoo) FOZ members. From painting to poetry, international visits to outdoor education excursions, inter-sport competitions, to zoo night guided tours, animal feeding events, besides a host of other activities and training exercises, all these ensure that youth passion that is at the heart of the conservation initiatives at the Central-Zoo continues to thrive and flourish. For the 500 schools and 80,000 students that resonate the FOZ network of NTNC-Central Zoo, it is indeed like the way the Chief Guest and Hon. Minister put it, "absolutely laudable of the country's true young heroes."


Guests and participants in assembly before the occassion