The Elephants Are Back! Reforestation Brings Wildlife Back to Jhapa, Nepal

February 2018

When natural environments are damaged by disasters such as floods, droughts, and fires, animals leave in search of food, water, and shelter. After nature takes its course, wildlife returns to the new and thriving forests. But what happens if that forest is never restored?

Deforestation in Nepal has left acres of land barren for years, pushing wildlife to retreat to what forests are left.

One of  Eden’s leaders in Chitwan, Nepal, shared that his family lived in the area since he was young. There was a time when wildlife–big and small–was common to find just outside his front door. Over the last decade or so, that has no longer been a reality. Thankfully there is hope!

Eden Reforestation Projects has been working in several regions of Nepal since 2015 and is continuing to expand. In three short years, we have seen the “most rapid tree growth in any of our nations, ever” as recalled by CEO/Founder Steve Fitch after returning from his visit to Nepal in February. Because of this rapid and prolific growth, Eden’s employees are seeing signs of wildlife returning to the once barren land. The largest example (quite literally) is the re-appearance of elephants!

Rows of elephant tracks have been spotted near and within Eden’s planting sites in Jhapa, Nepal. Below you can see International Program Coordinator, Sehr Ali, standing in an elephant footprint.

While tracks are a clear sign of elephants in the area, nothing is more clear than finding fresh elephant dung!

We look forward to all the exciting new finds that are in store as we continue to reforest the natural habitat of many of Nepal’s endangered animal species. And it doesn’t stop there! Eden Reforestation Projects continues to flourish in our other project nations of Madagascar, Haiti, and now Indonesia. If you would like to be a part of restoring these natural habitats, please click here to donate today. Happy World Wildlife Day!