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Nepal’s First National Park

By Linda Tancs

In south central Nepal in the sub tropical lowlands lies the country’s first protected area, Chitwan National Park.  The preserve hosts a diverse collection of mammal and fish species, but it’s particularly renowned for its protection of the one-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tiger and the gharial crocodile (one of the largest of all crocodilian species).  This time of year the Chitwan district (Sauraha in particular) is gearing up for the annual elephant festival, featuring soccer-playing elephants that double as beauty pageant contestants.

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