KANCHAPUR: Lakes in the Shuklaphanta National Park are drying up due to scorching heats.
The Park administration has constructed over four dozen artificial lakes to provide water for wild animals. But they are fast drying up as there are difficulties to fill the lakes following drying of water sources, said the administrative. Some lakes like Thulo Rani, Baba and Bathaniya have already dried up, and there is less flow of water in local Chaudhar river.
“Some lakes including Rani Lake in the Park have dried. Local Bahune river is flowing full-fledged. But the river is not enough for wild animals of the Park to drink and bathe,” said Laxman Paudyal, chief conservation officer at the Park.
He however said reconstruction and filling the Rani Lake is underway. The Park is constructing artificial 60 ponds for wild animals, and for that the centre has released Rs 12 million, he said.
The Park is home to hundreds of wild animals and birds including 17 rhinoceros, 16 Royal Bengal tigers and over 300 swamp deer.
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