“E” in #AtoZChallenge
East Rapti River flows from east to west through the Chitwan Valley in Nepal. And forms the northern border of the first national park of Nepal, called Chitwan National Park. The landscape here in Chitwan is a belt of marshy grasslands, and forests at the base of the Himalayas. The place is more of Indian climate and attitude than of Nepal itself.
Since the end of 19th century, this place of forest has been a famous place for the ruling class to hunter in Nepal. Util late 1950s reaching to this part was tedious due to lack of roads and proper infrastructure. Later farmers settled in here who came in search of land.
What could be a better place than settling along the banks of the river? But as years passed on, there was steep decline is some of the species living in this forest. Especially the decline of Rhinos forced the government to evict all the people here and come up with the National Park.
There is no denying that we human destroy forest in the name of development. But there are also other side where some human evacuate other humans to make home for animals and forest. In my opinion both are wrong. We should learn to co-exist and not build one over the other!
Now Chitwan has the largest population of Indian rhinoceros in Nepal, estimated at 605 of 645 individuals in total in the country as of 2015.
The East Rapti river is also famous for its special species, called Gharial. These are said to be one of the longest of all living crocodilians.
The Gharial species of crocodiles are now limited to Chitwan and Bardia only and so far more than 1,000 Gharials were released into the rivers. Only a few have survived. Latest census says there are only 198 crocodiles in Nepali rivers.
Also, there are direct threats to this population since local people fetch this crocodile eggs for eating. Also, the fishing activity is putting the life of Gharial at risk too.
Gharials should not meet the same fate of Dinosaurs. Are we going to take the credit of presenting the gifts of extinction to them?
My theme for the April 2019 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the rivers, mostly from India. Let me see if I can make it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here. Interested to know my next destination starting with letter F? Try commenting your guess, let’s see.
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