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    In our last newsletter we discussed the reclamation work that was being carried out at a lake called Bhatpuri Lake in the White Grass Plains Wildlife Reserve in Western Nepal, work that was supported by a grant from the American Himalayan Foundation, of San Francisco, California. (The lake had lost one of its banks due to a man-made intrusion and all of its water had drained out, leaving it dry and dead.) Thanks to a complete rebuilding of the broken bank and two small dams, with water-level-controlling spillways, as of the monsoon rains of this summer, 2006, the lake has returned to normal. Many water birds have once again taken up residence there; fish have also reappeared, as is evidenced by the presence of fish-eating cormorants. Many wild animals come to use its waters, including nilghai, the Blue Bull antelope of the WGP. Our work in returning to normal this serene wetlands area is similar to our efforts of some years ago at another beautiful lake, (again with the assistance of the American Himalayan Foundation) named Rani Tal, in the central WGP... in other words, another success story for I.W.C.S.

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     A major project of IWCS, discussed in previous newsletters, has been the building of a safari lodge to be used as a not-for-profit conservation and research center. This exciting new project is now underway and a fully detailed description of what it entails is included on this website under SAFARI LODGE.

     Note: The young mugger crocodile shown in the photograph on this page wandered into the lodge building site one night during a torrential rain storm. It was gently captured the next morning and returned to the nearby river.

    The lodge is being built on ten acres of land just outside the eastern edge of the WGP. The site is surrounded by the Gobriah, a jungle river that is home to crocodiles, turtles, water birds, fish, python snakes and the occasional visiting rhino. Access to the lodge is via a graveled road running south for ten kilometers from the main east-west highway, the highway that gives access to the nearest airport, at a small border town called Danghari. Driving time to Danghari is two hours and flying time from there to Katmandu is one hour.

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