Leonardo Dicaprio visits Bardia National Park Case Study.

Case Study.
A Marmelos juice factory in the buffer zone
of: Bardia National Park.
The tree on which the Marmelos fruit grows was
once only considered as useful for firewood.
Villagers have now learned to manage this tree
taking some of the fruits for their own use and
leaving an amount for wild animals to feed on.
The fruit is usually collected by children whilst
older members of the community carry out the
juice extraction and bottling. Initially only a local
market the juice can now even be bought in
Eco-tourism: in Chitwan National Park
buffer zone. The Shree Chitrasen and
Baghmara communities operate their own
elephant walking and canoe trip experiences
into their own community forests adjoining the
National Park . On a recent elephant walk taken
at dawn in March we were able to see mother
and calf one horned rhinoceros along with a
wonderful selection of other forest animals and
birds . The photos show how popular the trips
are and the proceeds all go to the community
for their own selected development projects .
communities to improve their livelihoods and
engage in the bigger picture of development
and providing them with the ability to represent
themselves, be heard and be able to ensure
that they are not left out of Nepal’s future.
Dung paper
Leonardo Dicaprio
visits Bardia National Park
by Jane Poretsis
Perhaps the greatest single benefit to the
community has been the increased ability for
them to work with each other in ways in which
accountability and transparency fosters trust
within and between communities. Various
community forest groups will come together
and form co-operatives that will handle funds as
revolving grants, individual loans , emergency
benefits etc . These are hugely important
important and sustainable structures that allow
© John Barker WWF/UK
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. On arrival, meet and assist by a Tiger Tops representative and transfer to Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge
on the edge of Bardia National Park.
This two hour drive along the East
West Highway passes through many
fascinating Tharu villages.
Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge is built
in the materials of the local Tharu
people and is situated on the edge
of Bardia National Park. Upon arrival, the Lodge Manager will brief
you on the National Park and on the wildlife activities available. A personal itinerary will be arranged to suit your interests. A hot and
relaxing shower is followed by
drinks and dinner.
The rich wildlife of Bardia includes
swamp deer, chital, sambar, barking
deer, wild boar, nilgai or blue bull, monkey, elephant, tiger, leopard, crocodile and over 300 species
of birds. One of the highlights of a
trip to Bardia is a visit to the nearby Tharu villages. This provides an excellent and colourful introduction to the culture, farming and crafts of the Tharu people.
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Jungle tours on elephant back
are a superb way of viewing and photographing wildlife. You may also like to go on a nature walk with an
experienced naturalist, take a landrover drive in search of more
wildlife and a float trip down the
river or you may prefer just to relax.
Overnight at Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge
Day 02-05: Wildlife activities and overnight at Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge. Depending on you’re your particular interests your days plans can be mapped out. Often there are certain
events while you are down there that may influence your day.
Day 02: Order a 5.30 wake up call. Have a
cup of tea or coffee before departing
on an elephant for a three hour safari to the north east of Tiger Tops. Return to the Lodge for
breakfast. Afterwards go for a walk
in the nearby village before lunch.
A short siesta or read a book before departing on a long drive
through the jungle. Drinks and a
slide show on conservation before
Day 03:Up at 7.00 am. Breakfast before
driving to Chisopani bridge for a
half day float trip down the Karnali river. A picnic lunch before being
picked up by elephants to return to
the Lodge for sunset.
Day 04:
Day 05:
A day of rest. Get up late. Perhaps take a book and drinks to a nearby Machan
(blind) and soak in the jungle sounds and watch the wildlife busing away at their day.
Get up early. After breakfast go for a full day walk to learn Tiger tracking and understand the signs of the jungle with
one of our professional guides. Take a lunch pack with some water for the day. Return for drinks before dinner at the Lodge.
Day 06:
After breakfast and early morning activities transfer to Nepalgunj airport for your
return flight to Kathmandu.
All stays at Tiger Tops are tailor made for the likes and needs of the guest.
Karnali Lodge
Leonardo DiCaprio sets camera traps with WWF staff member Predeep Khanal
© Jan Vertefeuille/WWF
eonardo DiCaprio and WWF/US CEO
Carter Roberts have teamed up with:
‘Save Tigers Now’. Launched during the:
‘Year of the Tiger’ in a bid to save tigers from
With Leonardo donating: $1 million from his
Leonardo DiCaprio Fund set up in 1998.
Together they hope to raise $20 million by the
next Chinese ‘Year of the Tiger, 2022’ to help
double the current population of tigers left in
the wild. The Campaign has been designed to
highlight the plight of the tiger whose future is
threatened by illegal poaching, habitat loss and
raise funds for tiger preservation.
Leonardo DiCaprio a WWF Board Member,
also paid a flying 3 day visit to Nepal’s Bardia
National Park; touring the tiger habitat on
elephant back, with the anti-poaching team
and park guards, who are on the front line of
protecting tigers from international traffickers
(who hunt tigers for their skin and other body
parts, often used in Chinese medicine) to see
for himself the threats the tigers face.
“Tigers are endangered and critical to some of
the world’s most important ecosystems,” said
Leonardo DiCaprio.
‘Key conservation efforts can save the tiger
species from extinction, protect some of the
planets last wild habitats and help sustain
the local communities surrounding them. By
protecting this iconic species we can save so
much more’.
According to the WWF, ‘more than 90 per cent
of historic tiger habitat no longer has tigers.
Three tiger sub-species have gone extinct
since the 1940s and a fourth one, the South
China tiger, has not been seen in the wild for 25
“WWF is privileged to have partnered
with Leonardo DiCaprio to work on tiger
conservation. He cares deeply about the fate
of Wild Tigers and the people with whom they
share their habitat. He is committing his time,
wealth, and most importantly, his talent to this
noble cause,” said Mr. Anil Manandhar, Country
Representative of WWF Nepal. “From using
path-breaking scientific techniques on the
ground to actively pushing for better policies on
tiger conservation nationally and internationally,
WWF is supporting the Government of Nepal’s
wide-ranging efforts to save the Wild Tiger
population in Nepal”.
With WWF CEO Carter Roberts
commenting: “Give tigers enough space
and protection and they’ll recover”.
The actor and environmentalist also learnt how
the WWF scientists monitor the parks tigers,
and set camera traps with WWF staff member:
Predeep Khanal.
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