VIEWS: 7 PAGES: 40 POSTED ON: 2/11/2012
NEPAL NEPAL • Nepal is a rectangular, land-locked country. • It is home to the Himalaya Mountains, including Mt. Everest. NEPAL • The capital city is Kathmandu. • Nepal’s population is about 25 million. NEPAL • They have a very high infant mortality rate, but the fertility rate is even higher. • This has lead to much overcrowding and pollution. NEPAL • Rice is a major part of the diet and is usually eaten twice a day: midmorning and early evening. • It is usually served with dal (lentil dish) and tarkari (cooked vegetable). • Poorer families will eat dhiro, which is a thick mush made of corn. NEPAL • Most families eat from individual plates while seated on the floor. • Some use utensils; most use their hands to eat. NEPAL • Most of the people are farmers. • Many families will have goats and chickens, but very few have cows, water buffalo, or yaks. • There is simply not enough farmland. NEPAL • Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. • This is partly because they have few natural resources, have a very rough terrain, and much government corruption. • The national currency is the rupee. NEPAL • Nepal has a huge problem of girls being lured or abducted into prostitution. • A child labor problem exists due to children working in carpet factories. NEPAL • They have a very small, poorly equipped military. • In the cities, children may attend school. • In rural areas, it depends on teacher availability and how much work is required at home. • Education is seen as wasted on females and many times only sons may go to school. NEPAL • Marriages are still arranged in Nepal. • The bride’s family usually has to pay a large price to the groom’s family. NEPAL • Joint family is very important, with sons, wives, children, and parents all living in one house. NEPAL • Until a new bride has given birth, she often has the hardest work to do and is criticized a lot. • Babies are carried in shawls and often wear bracelets to protect them from “evil.” NEPAL • Key development stages for babies are first taste of rice and first haircut. • When a girl reaches puberty, she goes into seclusion for a time, as she can not see any male members of her family. NEPAL • Hospitality is very important in Nepal. • Guests are always offered food and may not help with clean up. NEPAL • Religion consists of 86% Hindu, 8% Buddhist, 4% Muslim, and 1% Christian. • Belief in ghosts and spirits is very common. NEPAL • The life expectancy here is 57. • This is due to poverty, poor hygiene, and lack of health care. • Hospitals are only in urban areas and they are poorly equipped and not clean. ANIMALS OF NEPAL PYGMY HOG Sus salvanius PYGMY HOG • This is a critically endangered wild hog. • There are only 100 left in the wild. • These animals live in tall, dense grassland. • They weigh about 10 pounds. PYGMY HOG • Their diet is mainly roots, but they will sometimes eat insects, eggs, and young birds. • They build nests by digging a trough with their snout and then covering it with grass. PYGMY HOG • Females are called sows; males are boars; and a group is a drift or a herd. • Males are larger , more robust than females, and have visible tushes (canine teeth). PYGMY HOG • They use soft grunting sounds to communicate. • These hogs have very nervous behavior and rapid movements , probably due to not having any defenses. WILD YAK Bos mutus WILD YAK • This is a huge animal with stocky, high-humped shoulders and a broad, drooping head. • Males and females both have horns that grow from the side of the head and turn upward. WILD YAK • The yak has a dense uhdercoat of soft, matted fur. • This is covered by dark brown long, shaggy hair. WILD YAK • They have short legs with splayed hooves that help them walk through thick snow. • They can get as tall as 6 ft. at the shoulder and weigh about 1800 pounds. • Females are typically smaller. WILD YAK • Yaks live at elevations of 14,000 ft and can’t live below 12,ooo ft for any length of time. • These are very intelligent, curious, mellow, and calm animals. RED PANDA Ailurus fulgens RED PANDA • These are solitary animals that live in the mountains of Nepal. • They get about the size of a housecat. RED PANDA • Their tails are very bushy and add about 18 inches to body length. • They use their tails as wrap-around blankets during cold weather. RED PANDA • Red pandas spend most of their time in trees, even sleeping there. RED PANDA • They eat at night, dusk, or dawn. • They really like bamboo, but will eat fruit, acorns, roots, and eggs. • Females can eat over 200,000 bamboo leaves per day. RED PANDA • Red pandas have an extended wrist bone that functions almost like a thumb and really helps their grip. RED PANDA • These animals are very shy except when mating. • Females give birth in spring and summer, usually having 1-4 babies. RED PANDA • Babies stay in the nest about 90 days while mom takes care of them. • Males show little or no interest in offspring. RED PANDA • Red pandas have soft, thick fur that covers their entire body, even the soles of their feet.
"NEPAL NEPAL NEPAL • Nepal is a"