BNP bans leasing elephants for festivals, personal use

BANKE: Banke National Park (BNP) has banned the hiring of domesticated elephants for festivals and personal use.

The Park has followed the government outlawing the use of tamed elephants on rent for occasions and personal purpose across the country after amending the Act related to elephant management.

"We have stopped leasing the Park's elephants after the government's ban. They will be used only for tasks and activities of the Park and conservation area," said chief conservation officer Yubaraj Regmi.

The Park used to rent tamed elephants for use on various occasions like fairs and festivals.

The Park has four elephants at present. Domestic tourists are charged Rs 5,000 each for a ride of six hours. Likewise, the charge is Rs 10,000 each for tourists of SAARC countries, and Rs 20,000 each for tourists from other foreign countries, said information officer Bishnu Thapaliya.