Rhino census next year

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Oct 11, 2014-

The government is planning to conduct rhino count early next year to monitor the status and distribution of endangered one-horned rhinos across the major reserves in the country. As a part of the nation-wide census conducted every four year, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, with technical and financial support from National Trust for Nature Conservation and WWF Nepal, is counting rhino population in Chitwan National Park, Bardiya National Park and Sukhlaphanta Wildlife Reserve in February 2015. The total number of rhinos was found  to be 534 during the 2011 census.

Chitwan National Park recorded highest number of rhinos at 503, followed by Bardiya National Park and Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve at 24 and 7, respectively.

Nepal celebrated zero poaching for the past three years owing to the increasing efforts from the government, conservation partners and local communities in

combating poaching and illegal wildlife trade.

 

Published: 12-10-2014 04:05

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