Nepal One-Horned Rhinos Increase of 107 in 6 Years
April 11, 2021
Nepal One-Horned Rhinos increase of 107 in 6 years
The total number of One-Horned Rhinos has increased in Nepal to 752 from 645 (2015 AD); according to the latest survey. There are 694 Rhinos in Chitwan, 3 in Parsa, 38 in Bardiya, and 17 in Shuklaphanta. Compared to the last census in 2015 this is an increase of 107 rhinos.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused a year’s delay in the census, which is conducted every five years. The count began on March 22 in Chitwan and Parsa National Parks and was later extended to Bardiya and Shuklaphanta National Parks.
Wildlife tourism is crucially significant to Nepal’s tourism industry; one-horned rhinos are a common attraction for both domestic and international travelers.
The Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros also known as the Indian rhinoceros is second in size after the elephant. Mostly found in South Asia and Southeast Asia these grey giants were hunted for sports by the rich and killed as agricultural for by farmers. This pressed the species close to extinction during the late 19th century.
The population is currently being brought back from the perimeter of extinction by the commitment, management, and strict protection of Nepalese and Indian wildlife authorities. The rhino population has recovered from less than 200 last century to around 3500 in north-eastern India and the Terai region of Nepal.