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Endangered Species for sale in Nepal

Hi, I am a biologist/Canadian traveller currently in Kathmandu Nepal. I was browsing some little souvenier stands around the Thamel region and came across the dessicated head/beak of a greater Hornbill, a CITES I level protected species. Just to be sure, I asked the clerk if it was for sale, and I was told that yes, it was, and it cost 6000 rupees (US$ 85) I could go report it to the police - they are all over the place - but I think the regular police are more concerned about strikes and political unrest rather than enforcing endangered species law.

I was hoping I could get a contact number or email address of a contact in Nepal (if one exists) who would have sufficient "clout" to see that this is not allowed to continue. I tried to look myself for a "whistle-blower" organization here in Nepal, but no such thing exists. I would be happy to do almost anything to help bring to justice those who trade in endangered species.

I will be leaving Kathmandu for a 12 day trek through the Annapurna conservation region, and I plan to return to Thamel in Kathmandu around June 30. Please don't email me before June 30, as it will just go to my "junk" email folder and be deleted before I get back.

My Nepali phone number is 981 365 2173, and my email is

If there is anyone in Nepal who can help/is interested in this please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thank you so much, I didn't know which other organization to turn to.

Andy Irwin
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