The only dedicated raptor rescue and rehab facility in Nepal: A sister project to The Parahawking Project and almost entirely funded by Parahawking, Himalayan Raptor Rescue is a non profit, privately run Bird of prey rescue, rehabilitation and release facility. HRR was set up in 2001 and is based in Pokhara, Nepal. Our primary objective is to care for sick, injured and orphaned birds of prey with a view to rehabilitating and releasing them back into the wild where possible.
It's main aims are:
- To provide a high standard of care to rescued birds of prey.
- To treat any ailments or injuries with the advice from qualified vets.
- To provide adequate temporary or permanent housing to birds in our care.
- To rehabilitate and release birds where possible.
- To provide a high standard of enrichment including exercise to birds that become permanent residents.
- To provide education on keeping and training birds of prey.
- To assist in local conservation programs relating to Nepal's birds of prey.
Nepal is home to more than 80 raptor species, and has a higher concentration of Raptor species than any other country. However, habitat destruction, persecution, poisoning, and the mistaken belief that these birds can be successfully kept as pets, often results in sick, injured or orphaned birds. Each year Himalayan Raptor Rescue take in several birds of prey from a variety of different species, many of them are protected and sometimes even globally threatened.
All of the birds kept at the Himalayan Raptor Rescue facility in Nepal were sick, injured or orphaned when they arrived. Some birds we are able to successfully rehabilitate and release back into the wild but others permanently imprint on humans and are unable to fend for themselves. Birds that are unable to be released become full-time residents. If possible and their health permits, are exercised and flown daily, whether it be trained for Parahawking or simply allowed to soar on our local training hill site.
Himalayan Raptor Rescue work closely with the Local District Forest Office, Kaski District, Pokhara and maintain close working relationships with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (R.S.P.B), Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN) and Vulture Rescue.
For more information, please visit the Himalayan Raptor Rescue website: www.himalayanraptorrescue.org