Blackbuck Conservation Area
|Blackbuck Conservation Area|
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
|Area||16.95 km2 (6.54 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation|
The Blackbuck Conservation Area (Nepali: कृष्णसार संरक्षण क्षेत्र) is located in the Mid-Western Region, Nepal and was established in 2009 to conserve the endangered blackbuck. This protected area covers 16.95 km2 (6.54 sq mi) in the Bardiya District.
Attempts for the conservation of blackbuck in Nepal began in 1975 when a small herd was spotted in Khairapur VDC of Bardiya District. Realizing their fragile existence, immediate efforts were made to protect the herd. The government deployed five staff members, providing four of them with arms. A guard post was also established in the same year. This particular herd is the northernmost surviving herd of blackbucks in the world. In 2009, the herd numbered 202 comprising 73 males, 111 females and 18 calves.
During 1995-1997, the Government of Nepal obtained private land for blackbuck conservation.
- DNPWC (2014). Blackbuck Conservation Area. Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Kathmandu.
- Bashistha, M.; Neupane, B. K.; Khanal, S. N. (2012). Antilope Cervicapra Blackbuck in Nepal: Population Status, Conservation and Translocation Issues of Blackbuck in the Blackbuck Conservation Area, Bardiya, Nepal. Saarbrücken: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.
- Bhatta, S. R. (2008). People and Blackbuck: Current Management Challenges and Opportunities. The Initiation 2(1): 17–21.
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