Daily Archives: May 4, 2009

Rare herb on verge of extinction


SANKHUWASABHA, April 26: The rare herb called Tetracentron, which is known as Jharikote (Scientific name: Tetracentron sinense) and is available in only a few forests in Sankhuwasabha, is on the verge of extinction due to deforestation.

The hilly herb is found in limited number in only a few forests in Kimathanka and Chepuwa along the Nepal-China border at an altitude of 2,150 to 3,000 metres.

The clearing of forests and shifting cultivation for agriculture has put the herb listed as an endangered species by CITES. There are 12 plant species that are found in Nepal on the CITES list of endangered species. Among the 12 species, Bhote Chhamp, Sunakhari, Sarpagandha, Gunsi, Caser, Lauthsalla, tree fern, Bhyakur, Kabal and Jharikote are on the verge of extinction.

Jharikote is not found in other parts of the world. People in the villages practice shifting cultivation whereby they leave a land fallow for two years after harvesting a crop like millet, barley and maize and return to cultivate the land after the gap by clearing the shrubs grown during the gap

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Iranian black bear facing extinction


TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (Mehr News Agency) – The Iranian black bear is on the verge of extinction.

The black bear inhabits the southern provinces of Sistan and Balouchestan, Kerman, and Hormozqan.

Despite the warning officials from the Environment Department have shrugged off the matter, an expert told the Mehr News Agency.

The farmers in the region have not been informed of the issue and they frequently attack the bears because of the damage they have inflicted on their lands, he added.

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Death of Hawaiian monk seal investigated


LIHUE, Kaua’i — Federal authorities are investigating the death of a Hawaiian monk seal on Kaua’i.

The 4-year-old male seal was removed from a Kaua’i beach last weekend.

David Schofield is the marine mammal response coordinator for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

He said the animal, known as I-19, was alive when spotted as part of a seal count on April 18. But it was found dead the next day.

Hawaiian monk seals are the most endangered seal species in the United States, with fewer than 1,300 remaining.

They are protected under the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act and state wildlife laws.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is urging anyone with information on the seal’s death to call its hotline at 800-853-1964.

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