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Meet The Team

The Wingless Wonders

SCOTT MASON

SCOTT MASON

Boss

Scott is the creator of Parahawking. He has been training birds of prey since he was 10 year old. Now an award winning bird trainer and film maker, since 2001 he has dedicated his life to the development of the Parahawking project and to promote vulture conservation issues using the concept of flying with vultures. Scott, his wife Anita and their 2 young children now live in Nepal where they co-run Maya Devi Village, the home of the Parahawking Project which is also a busy guest house and restaurant.

Nationality: British
Experience: Flying 13 years, Birds 30 years
Parahawking Pilot: Since 2001
Qualifications: APPI Instructor, USHPA Tandem Pilot
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JESSICA LOVE

JESSICA LOVE

Pilot

Jess is a seasoned visitor to Nepal and this is her 4th season on the Parahawking team. She is an accomplished Paragliding pilot and has flown in many places all over the world, both as a working tandem pilot and as a regular on the international paragliding competition circuit. Jess is very energetic and has an insatiable appetite for sport and adventure, she's not happy if she's not moving.

Nationality: American
Experience: Flying 8 years
Parahawking Pilot: Since 2009
Qualifications: APPI Tandem Pilot, USHPA Tandem Pilot
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ANITA MASON

ANITA MASON

Wife and Mum

Anita joined the team at the beginning of the 2008 season with a limited amount of experience of training birds of prey. However, she quickly embraced the project and Nepal's lifestyle and has made herself indispensable. Having grown up on a farm in Norway and spent much of her life in Tanzania and South Africa, Anita is a true natural with all animals, showing the level of compassion needed when dealing with sick or injured birds. As well as being a fantastic cook, she has brought Maya Devi to life with her happy go lucky nature.

Nationality: Norwegian
Parahawking Team Member: Since 2007
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SHIVA THAPA

SHIVA THAPA

Transport Manager

Shiva is our neighbour and good friend for many years. Shiva is a well known face around Pokhara, being both a popular taxi driver but moreso someone who will help anyone out when needed. He came to our rescue a few years ago when we needed an extra pair of hands to hold the birds on the launch site. Since then he has been indispensable as both our driver, take off bird handler and also a fixer for pretty much everything else.

Nationality: Nepali
Parahawking Team Member: Since 2007
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JIMMY ROBINSON

JIMMY ROBINSON

Program Manager

Jimmy is the newest member of our team joining us in 2015 and bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience. During his 18 years working with raptors, Jimmy has held management positions at the prestigious Hawk Conservancy in the UK and the globally recognised and respected International Center for Birds of Prey also in the UK. Jimmy has also spent time in Africa and Asia where he has worked on vulture conservation projects. His affable and amiable personality brings a lot of positive energy to our Falconry Experience and Vulture Conservation presentations.

Nationality: British
Experience: Birds 18 years
Program Manager: Since 2015
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ANEESHA POKHAREL

ANEESHA POKHAREL

Conservation Liaison Officer

Details coming soon

Nationality: Nepali
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The Masters of the Sky

KEVIN

KEVIN

EGYTPIAN VULTURE

Kevin was found during the 2006 monsoon after falling from his nest. Hand-reared and unable to return to the wild he was trained to fly with the paragliders and quickly became the poster boy for the Parhawking project. Kevin is the world’s first Parahawking Vulture and a regular in the skies over Pokhara, logging an impressive 30+ hours of flight time per month. Kevin has a gentle nature but he's also a sensitive soul, he likes his routine and is happy in his comfort zone. Luckily that zone is guiding us paragliders through the sky and showing us how it's done.

Species: Egyptian Vulture - (Neophron percnopterus)
Nationality: Nepali
Hatched: 2006
Gender: Male (we think)
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BOB

BOB

EGYTPIAN VULTURE

Like Kevin, Bob was brought into us when he was just 4 weeks old. He was hand reared and because of this unable to return to the wild. Bob was flying with the Paragliders by the age of 6 months and was soon chasing Kevin into thermals over Pokhara. Bob has a very different personality to Kevin, he is bold and confident and has been known to chase Griffon Vultures 4 times his size out of his air space. Bob is as happy being in his aviary as he is in the air, in fact Bob will sometimes fly straight into his aviary after a Parahawking flight so he can have a bath.

Species: Egyptian Vulture - (Neophron percnopterus)
Nationality: Nepali
Hatched: 2008
Gender: Male (we think)
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SAPANA

SAPANA

BLACK KITE

Sapana was less than a week old when her nest site was cut down. After being rescued she was unavoidably hand-reared by humans and, as a result, is unable to fend for herself in the wild. Sapana was the world’s first bird to be successfully trained to fly with paragliders. Black Kites are extremely intelligent, and Sapana is evidence of this. In her first three years of flying, Sapana proved to be an exceptional parahawking bird. She has since learned that there are easier ways to acquire food and therefore no longer flies with the paragliders. She is however exercised daily and is one of the birds you will handle when participating in the Falconry Lessons.

Species: Black Kite - (Milvus migrans)
Nationality: Nepali
Hatched: 2001
Gender: Female
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GOGGLES

GOGGLES

BLACK KITE

Goggles arrived after her nest was destroyed during a pre-monsoon hail storm. She was approximately four weeks old and unable to fend for himself. She was hand reared and cared for until he was old enough to begin her somewhat short lived parahawking career; she only successfully flew once with the Paragliders before deciding that it wasn't for her. Goggles is now exercised daily, you can even take part in one of our falconry lessons where you will get to fly Goggles yourself.

Species: Black Kite - (Milvus migrans)
Nationality: Nepali
Hatched: 2004
Gender: Female
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BRAD

BRAD

BLACK KITE

Brad was still a juvenile bird when he was discovered living as a “pet” in a small wire cage. Emaciated and suffering from extensive feather damage, it took twelve months for him to regain enough strength to begin his training. Small in proportions but a champion at heart, Brad logged 100's of hours with the gliders, tackling challenging cross-country routes and even performing in flight aerobatics, before he decided enough was enough. Now Brad is most happiest flying around Maya Devi and catching food in the air.

Species: Black Kite - (Milvus migrans)
Nationality: Nepali
Hatched: 2003
Gender: Male
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