British Prince Harry stayed last night in home and stay. He was served Dinner, a traditional meal of dhal bhat and vegetables by hosts Mangali Gurung.
Earlier Prince Harry was curious to learn about wildlife conservation in Bardia National Park. A team of wildlife specialists who accompanied Harry on rafting down Khauraha River at the BNP entertained Prince Harry's queries about wildlife conservation.
"Harry was curious to learn about the conservation of tiger, rhinoceros, birds and fish," BNP's Chief Conservation Officer (CCO) Ramesh Thapa told Republica. "He wanted to learn about the sustainable way to conserve rare wildlife."
Wildlife specialist Shantraj Gyawali, expert Dr Hemsagar Baral and nature guide Rajan Chhetri had accompanied Prince Harry for rafting.
It took for him 45 minutes while rafting to complete a distance of 4 km from Gaida Machan to Baghauraphata at the BNP.
During the rafting, Prince Harry enjoyed the sight of deer crossing river, according to CCO Thapa.
Prior to rafting, CCO Thapa, Chief District Officer (CDO) Bishnu Bahadur Thapa and lawmaker Sanjay Gautam of Bardiya welcomed Prince Harry, who landed at the helipad of Gaida Machan of the BNP at 9:19 am. British Ambassador to Nepal Richard Morris and other officials of Kathmandu-based British Embassy accompanied him to the BNP.
Harry had seen marks of tiger's paws at two different locations before and after rafting, CCO Thapa informed. While trekking for 20 minutes to reach Baghaura Phanta, he had queried about tiger conservation. During the conversation, he had also asked for the actual data of rare wildlife species (tiger, rhino and elephant).
Harry also inspected a camera trap that is used to monitor tigers. Bardiya is now home to 50 tigers, which is a great rise from 18 in 2009. Shailendra Yadav of National Nature Conservation Trust, Kanchan Thapa of World Wildlife Fund and Heguwa Tharu of the BNP had briefed the prince about the camera trap.
But that did not satisfy him. Harry got himself monitored through a camera trap while he walked like a tiger. "He wanted to learn how to trap a tiger. He also asked where tigers can be found in the BNP with an area of 968 square kilometers.
Likewise, Tharu folk dancers in Dalla village gave him a special welcome as he reached there. The village uses tourism to help fund the local community by offering traditional overnight home-stays to visitors. The Dalla community folks handed over a couple of traditional gifts to Prince Harry as he bade goodbye to them.
Harry also observed poachers' traps and home-made guns seized by the Nepal Army personnel, who patrol the BNP.