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Kathmandu Calling: Heat Alert! Help Our Wildlife

Kathmandu’s summer heat is no joke! While we turn up the air conditioners, our furry and feathered friends are struggling. The recent sighting of the Lesser Grey Shrike, a heat-loving bird usually found much lower in elevation, is the latest clue that Kathmandu’s climate is changing.

Remember the first sighting of the Lesser Grey Shrike at Shuklaphanta National Park last year? Experts believe that these unusual animal sightings are a result of rising temperatures, which force heat-adapted creatures to seek new habitats.

But what does this mean for Kathmandu’s wildlife?

Climate change disturbs ecosystems, and excessive heat poses a significant concern. Animals struggle to maintain their body temperature and can quickly get dehydrated. This is not only about birds; insects, reptiles, and tiny mammals are also at risk.

Kathmandu’s wildlife needs you!

We can all be responsible humans and help the animals during this heatwave.

  • Water for Wildlife: Place shallow bowls of clean, fresh water on your balcony, terrace, or near your ground-floor windows. A quick rehydration break is beneficial for stray animals, birds, butterflies, and squirrels alike.
  • Cleanliness is key. Regularly refresh the water to prevent mosquito breeding and ensure it’s clean and inviting for wildlife.
  • Shady Oasis: If you have plants on your balcony, rearrange them to create shaded areas. This offers much-needed relief from the scorching sun to all the species.
  • Leave a little something extra: Small animals can enjoy a pleasant treat if you leave out a few slices of cucumber, apple, or any other food.

By taking these simple steps, you can create a warm and inviting shelter for wildlife that is struggling with the heat.

Let’s be the change we want to see!

This blog article is only the beginning. Spread the word to your loved ones, and let’s collaborate to build a Kathmandu that’s not only human-friendly but also a sanctuary for all creatures.

Here are some additional ways to get involved:

  • If at all feasible, report any unusual animal sightings to the local wildlife organizations, like the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Center
  • Support organizations like the Himalayan Climate Initiative that are working on  climate change
  • Reduce your carbon footprint by opting for sustainable practices, like using public transport or choosing energy-efficient appliances.

Together, we can make a difference for Kathmandu’s wildlife and our planet!

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