Historical Soft Release of Captive Vultures into Nepal's Wild
Six vultures were released into the wild from the Kasara Breeding Centre in Chitwan to Pithauli in Nawalparasi district on April 15 2017. The release was successfully completed after the six female vultures were first transferred to the holding aviary of the Vulture Restaurant in Namuna Buffer Zone Community Forest, Pithauli.
The Vulture Conservation and Breeding Center (VCBC) was established in 2008 with the aim of ensuring the long term survival of the critically endangered Oriental White-rumped vulture (Gyps bengalensis). It is undertaken jointly by the Government of Nepal-Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC), National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Zoological Society of London (ZSL), and is situated at Kasara in Chitwan National Park (CNP). Covering an area of 6,375 square meters VCBC lies adjacent to the Gharial Breeding Center. After the transfer of the 6 birds the center now currently houses 50 birds in its two breeding aviaries and two holding aviaries.
The historical occasion marking the first ever release of the captive birds was successfully undertaken in the presence of Mr. Man Bahadur Khadka, Director General of DNPWC; Mr.Govinda Gajurel, Member Secretary NTNC; Dr. Narendra Man Babu Pradhan, Chief Executive Officer, BCN; Mr. Bed Bahadur Khadka, Acting Chief Conservation Officer of CNP; and Dr. Chiranjibi Pokheral, Project Manager of NTNC-BCC, along with other conservation representatives.