National Rhino Count 2015: 645 individual rhinos in Nepal

NTNC-BCC awarded with certificate of appreciation
NTNC-BCC awarded with certificate of appreciation

The result of “National Rhino Count 2015” was disclosed amid function on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Chitwan National Park (CNP) just 2 days after the country made a record of no poaching of rhinos, tigers and elephants for the past year. According to the count, a total of 645 individuals of greater one horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) was recorded in the country which is 111 more than the count of 2011 which stood at 534.

Now, the oldest national park CNP provides habitat for 605 individual rhinos is the largest rhino bearing protected area in the country. Similarly, Bardia National Park (BNP), Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve (SWR) and Parsa Wildlife Reserve (PWR) provides habitat for 29, 8 and 3 rhinos in and around the surrounding areas respectively. In the last decade, the Government of Nepal, conservation partners and the community have made several efforts to control poaching of rhinos and to conserve it.

Under the leadership of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) of the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation (MoFSC) of the Government of Nepal, the count was jointly supported by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and other conservation partners with the financial support Asian Rhino and Elephant Action Strategy (AREAS) of WWF and USAID funded Hariyo Ban Program. 

Lined up elephants are getting ready to move jungle for rhino count