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Free download The Soul of the Rhino A Nepali Adventure with Kings and Elephant Drivers Billionaires and Bureaucrats Shamans and Scientists and the Indian Rhinoceros Explorers Club Book Hemanta Mishra ↠ 6 Free read characters ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Hemanta Mishra Selected as one of the best books of 2008 by Publishers Weekly In early 2006 National Public Radio reported that “A promising conservation effort to save one of Nepal’s signature endangered species is now in serious trouble due primarily to poachers taking advantage of fighting between government forces and Maoist insurgents” This was devastating news indeed to author and scientist Hemanta Mishra who has spent the better part of his adult life struggling to save the Indian Rhino from extinction in his native Nepal  The Soul of This is a delightful and important book Hemanta Mishra the acclaimed conservationist who in 1973 established Nepal s first national park the Royal Chitwan National Park tells the than three decades long story of his and his native country s efforts to protect the Indian rhinoceros The rhino a majestic and sacred animal in Nepal was in the 1960s and 1970s facing extinction due to poaching and habitat destruction As we know and as Mishra shows conservation is only for a small part about biology and ecology The success of conservation efforts is mostly determined by economic and political factors At the heart of the threats to the rhino lie poverty and the growth of human population Over the decades Misha a Western educated conservation biologist became adept at navigating the rapidly shifting political landscape of Nepal with its rampant corruption and using the traditional culture to protect the rhinoThis is a very passionate book Its value doesn t rest in its literary aspects Hemanta Mishra with the assistance of his friend Jim Ottaway Jr tells the story in a straightforward and largely chronological manner relying on illustrative anecdotes and retelling specific events that were significant While the conversational and personal style is pleasant the only gripe I have about this book is about some of the literary choices as illustrated by the fact that a third of the 21 chapters start with a sentence describing the scene and the weather of the day or night in uestion It was a cool and typical Terai evening with a clear sky and a big bright December moon or It was a sunny but pleasant morning The value of the book is ample in many other respects It includes valuable scientific and historical information about the rhino and its place in Nepal however this information is sprinkled throughout the book and in a couple of specific short chapters so it doesn t make the book heavy reading on the scientific front It also provides a wealth of information about Nepali culture and society which is essential for understanding the conservation trajectory But most of all it s a highly personal account of Hemanta Mishra s own journey from a well off Kathmandu city boy to a passionate conservationist and a leading light in the national parks movement I can attest to the genuineness of his feelings as I had the pleasure and privilege of working together with and befriending Hemanta a decade ago when we both were employed by the Global Environment Facility GEF in Washington DC Hemanta is truly committed to the welfare of wildlife and has little patience with foolish bureaucracy although he now understands what makes it tickThere are a number of highly emotional episodes in the book One such is when Mishra has been charged with capturing and delivering two rhinos to Forth Worth Zoo in Texas as a present from the King of Nepal He describes his feelings of guilt kidnapping the baby rhinos from their mothers and how he becomes attached to them over the three months he and his crew must raise them prior to shipment to the zoo When he finally has to see the rhinos off following a ceremony at Kathmandu airport flying first to Germany on a Lufthansa flight then on to Texas a teary eyed Hemanta Mishra reflects on the workings of fate Fate had forced me to snatch the baby rhinos from their mothers only to nurture and love them before finally putting them on a German aircraft for a journey of no return across two continents to America p 135While zoos often get a bad rap good zoos actually play an important role in species conservation through research and captive breeding programs Hemanta Mishra freuently recognizes the support he and the conservation movement in Nepal received from America through both agencies like USAID and the Smithsonian Institution as well as individuals like the Texas billionaire Edward B Bass and Ramona Bass the chairperson of the Fort Worth Zoological Society Early on Hemanta also sought inspiration and good practices from Yellowstone the world s oldest national parkA key segment of the book pertains to the Tarpan or traditional rhino hunt ceremony by the King of Nepal that Mishra again has to arrange He is deeply torn by his role in organizing the killing of one rhino He carefully chooses an old male to be sacrificed for the purposes of the ritual The young King Birendra highly committed to nature conservation himself as had been his father King Mahendra had been postponing the ritual reuired from all Nepali kings but had to finally cave in to the demands from the traditionalists in his government and country The Tarpan presents a dramatic episode in the book with genuine tension starting with the palace intrigue around the arrangements and culminating in the hunt and the following mystical religious ceremony In the process Hemanta comes to understand the importance of tradition in conservation and that sacrificing one rhino to the king may be very valuable in maintaining the animal s status as sacred in the Nepali culture He often ponders in the book about his own mind has become divided between the traditional Nepalese culture and values and those adopted from the West where he was educated as a scientist At the end of the Tarpan he declares I had found my soul in the body of a rhino p 185In general Hemanta Mishra gives much credit to Kings Mahendra and Birendra for their commitment to environmental protection The reverence towards the King and the royal family in Nepal has been extremely beneficial to conservation in the country Similarly what Mishra realized was that he had to win the local population support for managing the national park and protecting the rhinos if the project had any chance of succeedingThere are also many interesting and outright funny occurrences described in the book A particularly satisfying anecdote pertains to a corrupt local politician with private interests in illegal logging who tried to raise the local villagers against the Royal Chitwan National Park and organized an attack against the conservation staff and their camp When Mishra and his staff finally caught up with the man after some serious vandalism and violence they let him taste his own medicine by first leaving the politician tied up in the forest for three hours then dunking his head covered with a jute bag repeatedly in Rapti River thereafter transporting him to the other side of the river and letting the man walk back to the village with his hands still tied behind his backThroughout the book Mishra talks warmly about his staff including the elephant drivers many of whom are uneducated tribesmen from the Terai or the southern plains He acknowledges their superior knowledge of the forest and the animals Their humanity comes through warmly in many segments not least those describing evenings around the campfireEventually a crowning glory and major achievement of Hemanta Mishra was the transplantation of rhinos from the Chitwan National Park to the Bardia National Park to provide them a second home The idea had been put into his head twenty years earlier by his first chief elephant driver Tapsi who had proposed it in order not to put all eggs in the same basket If something were to happen to the rhinos in Chitwan at least there would be another population in Bardia where the last rhino had been shot by a coldhearted colonial officer of the British Empire in 1878 p 203The efforts by Mishra and his colleagues and successors were largely successful In 1968 a rhino census Hemanta Mishra was already then part of it counted 90 108 animals At the peak around 2000 the number of rhinos had risen to about 550 On June 1 2001 the crazed Crown Prince Dipendra shot and killed his parents including King Birendra and other members of the royal family This tragic event contributed to the growing political chaos in Nepal and conseuently to renewed bad fortunes for the rhinosI can imagine many Americans and others chuckling at the irrelevance of the topic of the book Conservation of the rhinoceros in Nepal a country many people here wouldn t even have heard of could sound as esoteric as anything Yet the issues raised in the book and the lessons learned in Nepal are very relevant indeed to environmental management and the future of our world everywhereThe epilogue Hope or Uncertainty on a Himalayan Scale outlines the situation for Nepal s rhinos in 2008 when the book went to print Many of the advances of the past decades had been reversed and rhinos were again poached at alarming rates Of the 38 original rhinos moved to Bardia only three had survived The main reason for this sad state of affairs was the unstable situation in the country following the regicide The insurgency by Maoist guerrillas who had terrorized the countryside and killed many of the national park guards in their fight against the government also created general conditions of lawlessness in the parks and the rest of the countryside there have also been suspicions that the Maoists collaborated with the poachers to finance their struggle In an additional blow in September 2006 a helicopter accident decimated the environmental leadership in Nepal killing three key figures Tirtha Man Maskey Chandra Prasad Gurung and Mingma Norbu Sherpa Hemanta Mishra had been invited to join the trip but was unable to do so as well as several international supporters from WWF and partner governments including my good acuaintance Pauli Mustonen from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland Hemanta Mishra ends with a cautiously optimistic note The Maoists had entered into a truce and were sharing power in government Some high level poachers had been arrested and prosecuted Much was at stake for conservation in Nepal and much depended on whether the fragile peace and stability would hold and the country would find new resolve in appreciating its natural patrimony When I last visited Nepal in November 2011 the peace was holding but the law and order situation was still weak especially in some areas of the Terai

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Free download The Soul of the Rhino A Nepali Adventure with Kings and Elephant Drivers Billionaires and Bureaucrats Shamans and Scientists and the Indian Rhinoceros Explorers Club Book Hemanta Mishra ↠ 6 Free read characters ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Hemanta Mishra Future of the Indian Rhino To this day Nepal is overrun by armed insurgents political violence and poachers who could kill off this magnificent creature for good   Filled with candor and bittersweet humor Mishra re creates his journey on behalf of the rhino an ugly yet enchanting terrifying yet delicate creature The first book of its kind to delve into the multi layered political labyrinths of South Asian wildlife conservation and one man’s endurance in the face of it all The Soul of the Rhino is sure to win over yourheart and sou Hemanta Mishra is a Nepali conservationist who among other things was part of the campaign to set up Nepals first national park primarily to protect what is usually referred to as the Indian Rhinoceros but which he refers to for understandable nationalistic reasons as the Asian one horned rhinocerosThis book is a memoir and is primarily a book about people rather than rhinos that is about the practicalities and politics of conservation rather than the behaviour and habits of Rhinoceros unicornisSo he has to deal with farmers whose crops are being damaged by rhinos deter poachers encourage tourism work with bureaucrats and foreign NGOs to learn from the practical experience of rangers and trackers to capture rhinos for captive breeding programmes overseas and after a brief battle with his conscience he organises a ritualistic rhino hunt for the new king to kill a rhino for traditional symbolic purposesFor most of the book he is telling a conservation success story the population of rhinos in Nepal increases from about 100 to 650 including some relocated from Chitwan to a new national park elsewhere in Nepal that established a breeding population Depressingly though it ends with the country being thrown into chaos by the Nepalese Civil War and poachers taking advantage of the power vacuum to kill about 270 rhinos in a few years The book was published in 2008 as far as I can tell from a bit of uick googling the situation has been stabilised and the rhinos are once again better protected but it is a reminder of how fragile these populations can beI commented that 88 Days A true story of Somali Pirates in the Indian Ocean was a book with interesting material but written by someone who wasn t primarily a writer The Soul of the Rhino is both interesting and better written than 88 Days but it has something of the same uality Mishra certainly has enough interesting stories from decades of conservation work to fill a book and he does a solid enough job of telling them but it doesn t transcend the subject matter it s not one of those books I would recommend to people just for the uality of the writing However if you re interested in conservation or rhinos or Nepal you will probably find it worth reading The Soul of the Rhino is my book from Nepal for the Read The World challenge

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Free download The Soul of the Rhino A Nepali Adventure with Kings and Elephant Drivers Billionaires and Bureaucrats Shamans and Scientists and the Indian Rhinoceros Explorers Club Book Hemanta Mishra ↠ 6 Free read characters ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Hemanta Mishra The Rhino is the spirited yet humble account of Mishra’s uniue personal journey Fresh out of university in the 1970s Mishra embarks on his conservation work with the help of an ornery but steadfast elephant driver the Nepalese royal family and handfuls of  like minded scientists whose aim is to protect the animal in the foothills of the Himalayas Yet in spite of decades spent creating nature reserves and moving rhinos to protected areas arm wrestling politicians and raising awareness for the cause Mishra is still fearful about the Pretty good intro to Chitwan Would have liked some discussion of the ethics of using elephants for tourists

  • Hardcover
  • 256
  • The Soul of the Rhino A Nepali Adventure with Kings and Elephant Drivers Billionaires and Bureaucrats Shamans and Scientists and the Indian Rhinoceros Explorers Club Book
  • Hemanta Mishra
  • English
  • 11 March 2019
  • 9781599211466