Save Vulture" exhibition

Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) and animalrightsnepal.org jointly organised a photographic exhibition on the plight of vultures in Nepal. The solo photo exhibition showcases pictures of the vultures taken by a professional photo journalist Krishna Mani Baral.

Inaugurating the opening ceremony, Mr. Shyam Bajimaya, Director General of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation said that vultures play a key ecological role in maintaining the healthy ecosystem. Mr. Bajimaya stated that the Government of Nepal has given high priority to the conservation of vultures in Nepal and informed that the Vulture Conservation Action Plan is being prepared jointly with the support of BCN and the National Trust for Nature Conservation.

Similarly, Mr. Shree Ram Subedi, President of BCN, remarked that as the oldest and largest civil society organisation, BCN is dedicated to the continued survival and conservation of birds and their natural habitat, and added that with the help from national and international partners, BCN has been implementing several innovative programmes to conserve four out of eight critically endangered vulture species through management interventions such as the Jatayu Restaurant and the vulture conservation breeding centre. Mr. Subedi added that the Jataju Restaurant offers clean, safe and diclofenac-free healthy food to vultures, and BCN has been replicating the successful initiatives to other parts of Nepal also.
The inaugural programme of the exhibition was participated by over 50 vulture enthusiasts, conservationists, journalists and the general public. The week-long exhibition "Save Vulture, Save Environment" was open to public at Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal, Kathmandu until April 29, 2009.

Vultures are a vital part of the natural world and clean the environment by disposing of carcasses. Among the eight species of vultures found in Nepal, four species are globally threatened. Main reason for their decline is the rampant use of the veterinary drug Diclofenac and loss of their nesting sites.

List of donors

  • Koshi Tappu Bird Watching Camp Pvt , Sunsari - Rs. 500
  • Vimal Thapa - Rs. 1000
  • Rajendra Gurung - Rs. 1000
  • BCN Pokhara Branch , Pokhara Street Festival - Rs. 632
  • Bhuwan Mani Sharma , IOF, Pokhara - Rs. 100
  • Keshav Ghimire , IOF, Pokhara - Rs. 100
  • Sonam Tashi Lama , Yamphudin-3, Taplejung - Rs. 100
  • World Migratory Bird Day 2013 - Rs. 3300
  • Rainor Stoll , birdingtours GmbH, Germany - Rs. 25,323
  • Abinash Nepali , Germany - Rs. 1500
  • Carolline Forell , USA - Rs. 150
  • Charles Patton and Leslie Harris , USA - Rs. 150
  • Toby Wheeler , USA - Rs. 330
  • Rajendra Gurung (Patron, BCN) , Kapan - Rs. 2500
  • Reliance Public School(Student from grade 3 to 5) , Kapan - Rs. 365
  • Samir Maharjan - Rs. 500
  • International Vulture Awareness Day 2011 - Rs. 2300
  • Deepak Adhikari - Rs. 500
  • Anand Chaudhary - Rs. 1275
  • Dr. Hum Bahadur Gurung - Rs. 250
  • Butch Lama - Rs. 700
  • Sarah Piper - Rs. 2000
  • Charles W. Norris Brown - Rs. 300
  • Puja Gurung - Rs. 466
  • Surya Prakash Tiwari - Rs. 200
  • Ramesh K Pariyar - Rs. 500
  • Shree Namuna Mahendra Sec. School - Rs. 902
  • Bright Star Worker's Higher Secondary School - Rs. 510
  • Shree Bolambu Secondary School - Rs. 1055
  • Apollo Int'l School - Rs. 500
  • Shree Chandi Bhairav Secondary School - Rs. 843
  • Amar Jyoti Sec. School - Rs. 730
  • Shree Chandrika Devi Secondary School - Rs. 501
  • David Fiddell - Rs. 500
  • Local people from Sikles Village , Kaski - Rs. 4223
  • PABSON Programme , Surkhet - Rs. 3000
  • Children's Paradise Boarding School , Surkhet - Rs. 2000
  • Leknath Festival , Kaski - Rs. 2500
  • Amar Singh High School , Pokhara - Rs. 1660
  • United Academy , Pokhara - Rs. 1035
  • Suryodaya Boarding School , Pokhara - Rs. 1000
  • Narayanjan Secondary School , Mache Gaun - Rs. 891
  • Shree Baghbhairav Secondary School , Kirtipur - Rs. 1035
  • Green Village Education Foundation , Kirtipur - Rs. 500
  • Program at Dhanding , test@test.com - Rs. 1500
  • Evergreen Higher Secondary School , Sankhu - Rs. 1500
  • Shree Bajrayogini Secondary School , Sankhu - Rs. 2800
  • Serene Hill Secondary English School , Sankhu - Rs. 953
  • Nuwakot Festival - Rs. 2000
  • Exhibition (Climate Change) at Basantapur - Rs. 547
  • BCN Day Celebration - Rs. 645
  • 9th street exhibition and public awareness campaign - Rs. 766