Photo Essay: Bardia National Park in Nepal
Bardia National Park belonged at one point to Britain’s East India Company. Returned to Nepal in the 1860s, it subsequently spent some 120 years as a hunting reserve for the royal family. It was designated a wildlife reserve in 1976 and a National Park in 1988. The park covers 374 square miles of semi-tropical jungle, grasslands, savanna, and riverine forest. Bardia and Banke National Park, which about one another, represent a coherent protected area of 555 square miles. This area hosts 839 known species of flora, 642 species of fauna (including 53 mammal species and 23 reptiles), and 407 species of birds.
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ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Peter Church enjoys travel and photography and has contributed stories and photos about canoeing in Nunavut to Paddler Magazine and about travels in Afghanistan to Archipelago Magazine. He has also contributed to The Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, The Wilson Quarterly, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Miami Herald.
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