Our ultimate dream: re-wilding Bardiya National Park
Rehabilitation of tiger habitat requires active park management. Essential is the extension of grazing areas to accommodate enough prey animals to feed a growing tiger population. Mowing and fertilising may initially be needed to kick start this process. But a more sustainable solution is the restoration of the original herbivore community. Recently NTNC embarked on a program of translocating 25 rhinos from Chitwan to Bardiya. This is a first step. In the long run blackbuck, gaur, arna and nilgai have to be re-introduced as well. These animals once lived in Bardiya National Park and can still be translocated from extant populations occurring in other protected areas in Nepal.