Vultures and Elephants – the start of our activities for Britain Nepal 200!

by Ann Sylph on

The UK-Nepal relationship is a special, unique and historic one. The end of this year and start of next is the bicentenary of the UK’s involvement in Nepal. The treaty  between the two countries was signed in 1815 and ratified in 1816 so the bicentenary celebrations span two years.

Linked to the bicentenary are two events at ZSL this month and so we are highlighting two  images in Hodgson’s manuscripts, this image of Asian elephants in Volume 2 Mammals in Hodgson manuscripts. We are featuring this for Elephantastic - Elephant Appreciation Weekend at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on 19 and 20 September.

Drawing of Asian elephants in Volume 2 Mammals, p. 222 of Brian Houghton Hodgson manuscripts of Nepal and India. By Raj Man Singh
Drawing of Asian elephants in Volume 2 Mammals, p. 222 of Brian Houghton Hodgson manuscripts of Nepal and India. By Raj Man Singh

 

The volume containing this image is currently away for repair, conservation and then digitisation.

 

International Vulture Awareness Weekend  at ZSL London Zoo on 5 and 6 September.

Drawing of Cinereous vulture, Aegypius monachus, in Volume 1 birds p. 4 of Brian Houghton Hodgson manuscripts of Nepal and India.
Drawing of Cinereous vulture, Aegypius monachus, in Volume 1 birds p. 4 of Brian Houghton Hodgson manuscripts of Nepal and India.

These are just two example images from the Hodgson material in ZSL Library.

ZSL Library holds birds and mammal manuscripts and some letters of Brian Houghton Hodgson (1800-1894). Hodgson is widely recognised for the great progress he made in describing the birds and mammals of Nepal, and in recognition of this his name is linked to the names of several mammals and birds. He realised that Nepal was virtually unknown to Europeans and Hodgson devoted the 23 years (1820-1843) he was posted there to study its peoples, customs, architecture, languages, religion and natural history. In natural history, Hodgson concentrated on the birds and mammals of Nepal, the Himalayas in general and Northern India. He wrote more than 140 zoological papers, ranging from descriptions of single species to checklists of the fauna.

If you enjoy these images and would like to see more, please take a look at our main page about Brian Houghton Hodgson  Brian Houghton Hodgson manuscripts from this page you can view scans of his manuscript  Volume 1 Mammals compiled by Hodgson, including both images and text. The conservation and scanning of this volume was funded by the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust.

The focus of the ZSL Britain Nepal 200 celebrations will be a one day symposium on 26 February 2016 on the theme `Nepal biodiversity and conservation ; now and the future'. This will be held jointly with the Linnean Society of London and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Details can be found at Nepal: biodiversity and conservation – now and the future

Britain Nepal 200 logo
Britain Nepal 200 logo

ZSL is offering support to Nepal following the recent earthquakes Funds raised will go towards meeting immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water and shelter for park staff particularly at high altitude and at key sites in the lowland as well as safeguarding Nepal's national parks to curb poaching in the wake of this tragic natural disaster http://www.zsl.org/conservation/news/zsl-supports-nepal-in-the-wake-of-earthquake-tragedy

Find out more about ZSL’s conservation projects in Nepal http://www.zsl.org/conservation/regions/asia/greater-one-horned-rhino-and-bengal-tiger-in-nepal 

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