According to a census conducted in March-April 2021, there are 752 one-horned rhinoceros in Nepal’s protected areas.
On Saturday, the results of the census, which began on March 22, were made public in Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s largest rhino habitat.
According to Nepal’s Forest and Environment Secretary Bishwa Nath Oli, this figure is 107 more than the 2015 population, as a census six years ago counted 645 rhinos across the country.
However, according to the most recent census, Chitwan National Park has 694 rhinos, Bardiya National Park has 38, Shuklaphanta National Park has 17 rhinos, and Parsa National Park has three rhinos, for a total of 752.
There are 146 males, 198 females, and 408 who have not been assigned a gender. There are 520 adult rhinos, 96 semi-adults, and 136 calves based on their age.
Previously, due to the budget crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic, the endangered one-horned rhinoceros count was repeatedly halted in 2019 and 2020.
Officials were concerned that the number of rhinos dying of natural causes would decline, despite the fact that poaching had been effectively regulated until one incident in September last year. However, the number increased by 16.5 percent, which is a positive sign.