Closure of the CNP vulture breeding center – myRepublica

CHITWAN, April 17: The Chitwan National Park (CNP) Vulture Breeding Center will close. Established in 2008, the center is closing due to increasing numbers of vultures in the wild and a lack of breeding impact at the center, park officials said.

So far, 18 vulture chicks have hatched and grown at the center. From now on, the vulture breeding program will be done at Jatayu Restaurant (Vulture Restaurant) centered on the concept of vulture in the wild, as the results at the center have been minimal compared to the government’s investment over a period of 14 years.

CNP conservation officer Hari Bhadra Acharya said there were only 10 vultures at the breeding centre. They were moved to Jatayu restaurant in Pithauli in Nawalparasi some time ago. These birds will be released into the wild after keeping them in a cage at the restaurant.

After the transfer of the 10 vultures from the center to the Jatayu restaurant, the Kasara center will close after 14 years of operation. It will be closed by July.

Although the vultures laid eggs, they failed to hatch. Raising vultures in the wild has been promoted after it was found to be more efficient than raising them artificially at the centre.

The center was established in 2008, and vultures only started laying there from 2014. In the first five years, only one egg hatched. Acharya said no chicks were born from eight eggs in 2015.

Although nine chicks were born from 15 eggs in 2016, one chick died. Six chicks were hatched from 21 eggs in 2017 while two chicks were hatched from 20 eggs in 2018. Not a single chick has been hatched since then.

Even though 19 eggs were laid in 2019 and 14 eggs in 2020, hatching was not successful. Twelve eggs were laid last year, but none hatched.

Forty-nine vultures, including those brought in from outside and those hatched at the center, have been released into the wild so far. The vultures were first released into the wild in 2017. Six were released in the first year, 12 in 2018, 13 in 2019 and 18 vultures were released this year.

Director General of the Department of National Parks, Dr Ram Chandra Kandel, said the focus has been on conserving vultures in the wild rather than in the center in recent years as breeding in the wild has given better results and the number of vultures has also increased. .

According to him, the department is focusing on the conservation of vultures in the wild by better managing the Jatayu restaurant.