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Hem was born and raised on the edge of Chitwan National Park. No doubt growing up surrounded by Great Hornbills and tigers helped form his future as a wildlife conservationist. Today, he is a well-known, passionate ornithologist and wildlife guide with over 20 years of experience, who has devoted his lifetime to the study and conservation of birds in Nepal.

Hem is an executive member of the Nepal Rare Birds Committee, which keeps official systematic bird records for the country. He has conducted numerous wildlife and bird surveys in Nepal’s various protected areas and has recorded several new species of birds for the region.

His knowledge of conservation issues, and the birds and mammals of Nepal, has enabled him to lead many successful awareness programs and birdwatching tours in Nepal. He also has been involved in several educational training programs. Thanks to his dedication and contribution to nature conservation, Hem received the prestigious Bird Education Society Conservation Award in 2004.