Jun 9th, 2010

Goal "To achieve sustained balance between nature conservation and socio-economic improvement in the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) thereby assist National Trust for Nature Conservation in achieving its goal."


  • Conserve the natural resources of ACA for the benefit of present and future generations.
  • Bring sustainable social and economic development to the local people.
  • Develop tourism in such a way that it will have minimum negative impact on the natural, socio-cultural and economic environments.

Launched in 1986, the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) is the largest undertaking of NTNC and also the first Conservation Area and largest protected area in Nepal. It covers an area of 7,629 sq. km. and is home to over 100,000 residents of different cultural and linguistic groups. ACAP is rich in biodiversity and is a treasure house for 1,226 species of flowering plants, 102 mammals, 474 birds, 39 reptiles and 22 amphibians.

Jun 9th, 2010
  • To conserve and sustainably manage the natural resources and rich cultural heritage; and
  • To promote ecotourism to improve livelihood of the local people in the MCA region.

With the successful experience of Integrated Conservation and Development Program (ICDP) in ACAP, the Trust started its program in the Manaslu region from the beginning of 1997 as the Manaslu Ecotourism Development Project with funding support of the Government of Nepal and the Asian Development Bank under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation’s Second Tourism Infrastructure Development Project. The project was able to develop basic eco-tourism infrastructure in the area. MCAP completed the Ecotourism Project in 2001.

Jun 9th, 2010

The Government of Nepal, through a Nepal Gazette notice dated July 19, 2010 (Section 60, Number 14, Part 5, 2067/04/03 B.S.), has entrusted the management responsibility of Gaurishankar Conservation Area to the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) for 20 years. Gaurishankar Conservation Area was declared by the Government of Nepal, through a Nepal Gazette notice on January 11, 2010 (Section 59, Number 38, Part 5, 2066/09/27 B.S.). Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GCA) is the third Conservation Area entrusted by the Government of Nepal to NTNC for management.

Jun 10th, 2010


  • To improve animal health and welfare by creating natural habitat and providing food according to their dietary requirement;
  • To encourage research and provide conservation education through first-hand experience of wild animals; and
  • To raise public awareness on the importance of nature conservation.

Physical facilities at the Central Zoo

  • Information counter
  • Souvenir shop
  • Paddleboat and rafting
  • Picnic shed
  • Couple chairs
  • Children ground (swings, funny temple, merry-go-round, Uranus etc.)
  • Elephant ride
  • Visitor centre (with audio visual facilities)
  • Library (books and audio visuals)
  • Aquarium (sub-tropical fish)

In 1995, Government of Nepal entrusted the management of Nepal’s Central Zoo, the only zoo in Nepal, located at Jawalakhel in the Kathmandu Valley to NTNC for 30 years. Established as a private zoo in 1932 by the late Rana Prime Minister Juddha Samsher, it came under the ownership of Government of Nepal after the political changes of 1950 and remained under the management of various government departments before it’s management was handed over to NTNC on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Birthday Celebration of the Late Majesty King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah in December 1995.

Jun 11th, 2010

Parsa Wildlife Reserve is located in the south-central lowland Terai of Nepal. The 499 km2 of pristine sub-tropical jungle makes Parsa Nepal's largest wildlife reserve. Once this area served as a vacation site for the Rana Rulers of the country. In 1984, it was gazetted as a wildlife reserve to preserve the habitat for wild Asian elephant, and a variety of other fauna- It is contiguous with Chitwan National Park in the west. 

Jun 12th, 2010


  • To sustain and strengthen conservation endeavours through biodiversity research and monitoring; and
  • To enhance local livelihoods through sustainable community development programmes.

In 1989, after Smithsonian Institution,USA completed its assignment in the Chitwan National Park (CNP), Nepal and handed over the Nepal Terai Ecology Project to NTNC, the Trust established the Nepal Conservation Research and Training Center (NCRTC) to conduct biological research and monitoring of flora and fauna in the lowland (Terai) protected areas of Nepal. In the course of time, the Center widened its focus and added a human dimension to its conservation efforts.