Nepal’s vulture conservation in BCN’s 2nd Vulture Bulletin
BCN published the 2nd volume of Vulture Bulletin in late 2012. The annual Bulletin aims to highlight current issues, initiatives and successes for vulture conservation in Nepal. In this volume, six main stories are covered.
One story by Dr Sagar Paudel, Veterinary Officer for BCN, describes the changing prevalence of various NSAIDs in Nepali veterinarian pharmacies. The good news is monitoring over the past six years has shown a decrease in veterinary diclofenac and increase in meloxicam. In fact, veterinary diclofenac has not been recorded in Nepal since 2008. The bad news is that some veterinary pharmacies are selling human-intended diclofenac and ketoprofen, as well as an array of untested NSAIDs.
Another story by Mr Khadananda Paudel, Vulture Conservation Officer, describes the progress of Vulture Safe Zones and Vulture Safe Feeding Sites in Nepal. He writes about BCN’s aim to make the World’s first Vulture Safe Zone and the essential criteria against which it will be evaluated. He also describes how BCN’s Vulture Safe Feeding Sites are crucially different from Vulture Restaurants: yes both provide food to vultures, but only at Vulture Safe Feeding Site do communities ensure the food provided is NSAID-free and participate in awareness raising and NSAID monitoring.
Read the Vulture Bulletin Volume 2.