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Natural History Museum

Swayambhu hill is a famous place in Kathmandu not only for the religious purpose but also for the early plant’s hunt. Nepal’s Natural History Museum is located on the Swayambhu stupa hill and is all about the wildlife of Nepal. The main goal of the museum is to conserve flora, fauna, biological specimens as well as geological specimens from different parts of Nepal. The museum also conducts various awareness programs among the people about the conservation, preservation, and the long-term use of natural resources. The very first plant hunter in Nepal to collect many plants from Swayambhu was Sir Buchanan Hamilton (1802-3) British who was resident in India. He collected various plants from Narayanhiti and Gosaikunda. Sir Buchanan Hamilton identified 27 species in Swayambhu and named it by the Nepali and the Newari names. Many of the species that were collected have already vanished from this cliff-face so the care needs to be taken to protect the local environment and its native plants.

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