The population of endangered rhinos in Nepal has increased by 16%, according to the new National Rhino Count. The current population is 752 compared to 645 rhinos in 2015. Between March 22 and April 10, the National Rhino Count had a headcount of rhinos across the country.
According to reports, there were only about 100 endangered rhinos in Nepal in the 1960s. This animal has been considered critically endangered for a long time.
The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation had a clean sweep of the jungle areas to have a headcount of the species. The department also used 57 elephants and about 350 personnel in the search. The personnel also collected data on invasive species in the area, the condition of the habitat, and the activities of humans in the region.
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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.Ghana Gurung, Country Representative of WWF Nepal
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