Conservationists and animal lovers can rejoice after news that not a single rhino has been poached this past year in Nepal. During the moaist conflict there was a brief period where many rhinos were being poached in Chitwan National Park thank’s to the lack of security posts. Tourists also claimed to have seen rhinos being poached during their elephant safari in Bardia National Park, from that time period approximately 15 were poached (2059/60) but thankfully the numbers have been going down since then. Last year only 2 rhinos were poached.
So why the decline? The public have been more informed regarding the endangered animals and more police posts are visible in the national parks.
Current Rhino Population
Chitwan National Park – 503
Bardia National Park – 24
Shukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve – 7
Photo: August 2011 (lexlimbu)