Update on Nepal in wake of earthquake tragedy

ZSL would like to acknowledge and say thank you for the donations received so far in support of the safety and security of park guards. Together we’ve raised more than £12,500.

We now have a fuller picture of the impact of the earthquake on protected areas and conservation bodies working within Nepal. 

ZSL supplied relief materials distributed in  Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park
ZSL supplied relief materials being distributed by ZSL staff and Nepal Army in the buffer zones of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park at two locations of Dhading and Kathmandu Districts.

Guard posts and protected area offices in several national parks in the mountains such as Sagarmatha (Everest), Langtang, Makalu and Manaslu have been destroyed or damaged beyond repair. More than 80% of guard posts in the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park have been destroyed. Guard posts have been affected in Parsa Wildlife Reserve and as far west as Banke National Park. 

How your donations have helped

Your donations have helped ZSL Nepal, working closely with the Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, to provide much needed relief supplies for front line staff and local communities in the wake of this terrible tragedy.

ZSL is aiding in the construction of temporary guard posts in a bid to safeguard the protection of Nepal’s iconic species  such as tigers and rhinos.

We’ve also worked closely with the government of Nepal to mobilize resources and distribute quick relief to earthquake victims in and around Parsa Wildlife Reserve and the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park area including:

  • Supply of tarpaulin to construct temporary shelters
  • Dry food
  • Safe drinking water
  • Essential medicines.

Damaged Protected Area HQ of Shivapuri-Nagarjuna National Park (SNNP)
Damaged Protected Area Headquarters of Shivapuri-Nagarjuna National Park.

If you want to help

Protected area staff in affected regions continue to remain vulnerable. Aid is often slow to arrive in remote locations due to problems accessing these areas. There is concern that the lack of food may prompt opportunistic poaching by local communities for subsistence and to make a living. 

If you’d like to support us to continue supporting local communities living on the edge of protected areas, safeguard Nepal’s rhinos and tigers for posterity, and assist us in rebuilding guard posts in the most vulnerable locations and providing aid to protected area staff, please visit our Just Giving page.

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