Conservation efforts help increase Nepal’s rhino population

April 26th, 2011 - 5:21 pm ICT by ANI  

Chitwan (Nepal), Apr 26 (ANI):The population of one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) has increased in Nepal, according to the country’s National Rhino Census.

The census showed there are 534 rhinos in Nepal, marking an increase of 99 rhinos from the 435 recorded in the last census in 2008.

A total of 503 were recorded in Chitwan National Park, an increase of 95 from 2008 data, 24 in Bardia National Park, an increase of two from 2008 data and seven in Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, an increase of two from 2008 data.

These numbers reflect the success of conservation efforts for this species and are a result of improved rhino protection measures and management of habitat.

The rhino counting was a combined effort of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation of the Government of Nepal, WWF Nepal and the National Trust for Nature Conservation.

“We are much encouraged that increased WWF support to the anti-poaching efforts of Government of Nepal has actually resulted in an increase in the Rhino population within three years,” says Dr. Christy Williams, WWF’s Asian Rhino and Elephant Action Strategy coordinator. (ANI)

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