Vultures at CNP fail to hatch egg make worry conservationists

Breeding Center at the park, file photo.
Breeding Center at the park, file photo.

KATHMANDU, Nepal-Conservationists at Chitwan National Park (CNP) are worried as their continuous attempts to increase the population of vultures by breeding in a controlled environment could not get succeeded.

Alarmed by a sharp decline in vulture population, CNP had established the breeding center, and built the cage at the cost of Rs 1.2 million five years ago.

Out of 14 baby vultures kept inside an artificial cage at the CNP´s breeding center, a dozen had laying eggs last year, however, none of them have hatched so far.

The vultures built their nests and laid eggs inside the concrete cage last year, however none of the eggs have hatched so far, complained park officials. A vulture usually lays egg especially in October and November.

“There could be a problem in the process of egg incubation inside the cage, or the vultures, which were brought away from its natural habitat, are yet to learn how to hatch. There might be yet other reasons behind it,” media quoted Bed Bahadur Khadka, chief of the park as saying.

Vultures are considered as significant birds since they play a vital role to preserve environment neat and clean by consuming the dead animals.

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