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The Om Prasad Legacy
By Jack Kinross
In early 2010, the Year of the Tiger, through a series of events, I found myself standing outside a house
bordering Bardiya National Park in western Nepal. There in a fading light I was shown the massive footprint,
sunk deep into ground, of an elephant. Very quietly, it was explained that this was where the elephant
lunged at Om Prasad Jaisi. It was the place where Om Prasad lost his life several weeks before I stood there.
This photo of Om Prasad, alongside is wife Amrita, is the only head shot we could find. He died in his mid fifties so maybe this was taken about
ten years before. There is such irony in his passing. Elephants will come charging out of the jungle when rice crops are maturing and Om
Prasad was bravely trying to ward off a giant young tusker. He was a victim of the wildlife he was trying to protect.
But his legacy lives on. Meet his sons Indra and Hemant.
Om Prasad Jaisi was a father of two and a conservationist. I had never met him but I had friends in the area who knew him well. As I
listened to his family and colleagues I discovered that he was a man of integrity and passion. He was selfless in his actions of trying to bring a
meaningful and sustainable coexistence between the wildlife of the jungle and the people who lived on the fringes of Bardiya National Park.
He was integral in the formation of the buffer zone, the now well established concept world wide.
Indra and Hemant are determined that their fathers work continues. Wildtiger currently supports Hemant in his education while he also does
research work for us as well as developing youth conservation and anti poaching programs in the Bardiya National Park. By joining with
WildTiger Hemant was able to move his studies from Kathmandu back to Bardiya in western Nepal, helping to support his widowed mother.
The future of of community conservation, that vital component where village life meets wildlife, is in the hands of excellent young people like
the Archarya brothers. WildTiger is proud to be supporting and working with them in their endevours.
POST MONSOON 2012 UPDATE: Hemant is now the leader of his local anti-poaching unit. WildTiger continues to support Hemant and his
team in their efforts. A new national (Nepal) hotline to help combat illegal wildlife trade and human trafficking is being formed in conjunction
with several parties. Updates on this and from the WildTiger anti wildlife crime team soon.
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