Name: Krishnasaar Conservation Area (IUCN Category: VI)
Area (km2): 16.95
Government of Nepal has declared Krishnasaar Conservation Area in 2009 covering an area of 16.95 sq. km in Bardia district. This is the first organized effort to conserve the endangered Blackbuck (Antelope cervicapra cervicapra). Blackbuck is one of the protected species under National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1973 and enlisted as endangered and listed under Appendix II of CITES. Blackbuck is primarily a grazer and prefers flat to slightly undulating terrain. The population in Khairapur was gone down to 9 in 1975 and due to persistent conservation efforts the population reached upto 177 in 1990. Then again the population has declined gradually due to habitat loss and degradation and anthropogenic interferences. Now, the population of Black buck in Krishnasaar Conservation Area is more than 200. To protect the species, a guard post was established on site in 1975.