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Wildlife in Nepal

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The most deadly animal in the park to humans is the mugger. Basking on the river bank during the midday sun, the mugger eats anything it can catch. The English word mugger entered the language when during the British reign in India, they saw local villagers dragged to their death by the crocs.

Nepal is home to one of the last areas of protected pristine jungle in southern Asia, Chitwan National Park. Covering 932 square kilometers, Chitwan is home to some of the world’s rarest species, including the tiger, one-horned rhino, sloth-bear, and two types of crocodile – the fish-eating gharial and the deadly mugger. Visitors to the area often see these animals face-to-face – most safely done from the back of an elephant or jeep, though it is possible to walk in the park too. The rest of the country also has plenty of wildlife, some of which even turns up in the busy capital Kathmandu.

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