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Finally Some Good News: Nepal’s Rhino Population Up by 72% in a Decade

With the rhino population teetering on the edge of extinction in many countries, Nepal’s rhino population is thriving. 

A new rhino count in Nepal has come up with 645 one-horned rhinos (Rhinoceros unicornis) currently thriving in Nepal’s national parks. This number is up from 375 counted a decade ago, showing a 72 percent spike.

Rhinos are brutally slaughtered by poachers for their horns and are currently on the edge of extinction. The most threatened are obviously the white rhino, which there are currently only five left.

“At a time when the world is facing difficulties to protect and conserve the wildlife including rhinos, Nepal has seen an extraordinary improvement in wildlife conservation,” said Diwakar Chapagain, the Deputy Director-Wildlife Trade Monitoring with WWF Nepal.

While many parks in Africa and Asia have extreme issues with battling poachers, Nepal has not lost a single rhino to poachers in three years.

“It is definitely a rare successful conservation story in the world, where park officials and the Nepalese army have managed to succeed in anti-poaching activities,” said Chapagain.

Nepal’s major national parks include Chitwan National Park, Bardiya National Park, Sukhlaphanta Wildlife Reserve, and Parsa Wildlife Reserve. The most rhinos, 605, live in Chitwan National Park.

One-horned rhinos, or Indian rhinos, are the least threatened between white rhinos and black rhinos. They are still listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

But there is hope: the Indian state of Assam also recorded last year a population boost of 27 percent with 2,544 one-horned rhinos thriving in their national parks.

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Finally Some Good News: Nepal’s Rhino Population Up by 72% in a Decade