Endangered one-horned rhinoceros in Nepal have increased by 16% over 6 years

In Nepal, endangered one-horned rhinoceros gone up by 16%. The new National Rhino Count 2021 reckons the current number of one-horned rhinos now stands at 752, which is up from 645 in 2015.

Between March 22 and April 10, rhinos were counted across the country in four national parks. The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation used 57 elephants in their search for rhinos, along with 350 trained personnel who swept the jungle areas to document a species headcount. They also collected data on habitat conditions, invasive species in the area, and human activities in the region.

“The overall growth in population size is indicative of ongoing protection and habitat management efforts by protected area authorities, despite challenging contexts these past years,” said Ghana Gurung, Country Representative of WWF Nepal.

“This achievement is yet another milestone in Nepal’s conservation journey.”

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