Conserve intactness of ecosystem and diversity of wildlife in this ecosphere

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Prof. Tej Kumar Shrestha
Ph.D., D.Sc., CBiol., FIBiol.,
F.L.S. (London)

Tej Kumar Shrestha was born in Baglung, Dhaulagiri Zone, Nepal. He initially learned his ornithology at Tribhuvan University, Nepal, Bhopal University, India and at University of Arkansas...

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A Book of Outstanding Merit Magnificently Produced

Chitwan National Park: Natural History, Ecology and Wilderness

With Reference to Biodiversity in the Protected Areas of Terai Nepal

Tej Kumar Shrestha

Nepal is meeting point of Asian wild animals and plants. Consequently, studies made of on wilderness and diversity of plants and principals evolved for their conservation will be of interest beyond Nepal.

Wilderness! That is how we collectively refer to magnificent wild land, wild places and nature scapes with varied assemblage of plant and animals. In the field of natural history, and flora and fauna nature has endowed Nepal with magnificent assets. Many of them have intrinsic aesthetic, academic and cultural values. Some of the noblest and most beautiful animal and plant in the world are to be found in Nepal. But they are unlikely to survive unless something is done quickly to save them. Authors of the book, has spent more than two decade's studying and photographing intrinsic pattern of wilderness and biological diversity of Chitwan and other protected area of Nepal terai including Suklaphanta, Bake, Bardia lying western Nepal and Koshi tappu wildlife reserve in eastern Nepal. It is the gift of the authors to show us the unmarked of Tropical wilderness with such clarity, grandeur and intimacy that one dwells for a time upon the scene. It is piece of work with unique panorama of wildlife, its national parks and sanctuaries reserves, and men who have worked to preserve them. Still surviving in natural wilds are rhino, wild elephant, wild buffalo, swamp deer and more precariously tiger and leopard. Many spectacular bouncing deers and antelopes such as galloping mouse deer and four horned antelopes and dancing back buck of that deserve special mention. On the other hand it causes us shock to find how many how many zoological rarities such as Gangetic dolphin and the great Indian bustards are close to extinction and how others such as pink headed duck and marbled teal have been wiped out since the past two decades. Similarly tropical belt is considered vivarium of colourful flowering plants life and orchids. Many endangered plants having pristine medical, economical and ethno biological value facing extinction due to over exploitation. The authors also present vividly the spectacular facet of natural history and phenology of plants with attendant birds and insectlife and define the value at stake and issues and eloquently pleads for rational policy for ecological balance and economic prosperity. It also discusses key issues connected with man and wildlife in buffer zone and need and opportunity for rewilding buffer zone area. For some one interest in natural history, ecology and wilderness of tropical forest, this is enthralling and informative work.

Illustrations. There are seven hundred colour photographs and 50 black and white photographs fifteen drawings of high quality, illustrating all important species of flora and fauna

Special information. Special attempt is made to enthuse the reader about call of wild- its perception, history, people and ecology in the emerging paradigms of wilding. The traditional landscape and world of aboriginal Tharus and Chepang are well featured with wild plant and animal they collected and, hunted. The author's endeavours to bring ecstatically close to primitive pulse of life aboriginal people still throbbing in the heart of jungle.

Book contains

Colour Photographs Pages =160 Pages (700 Photographs)
Illustration Maps=9 Pages
Text=350 Pages Total=525 Pages

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