NEPAL

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

The one-horned rhino population in Nepal's Royal Chitwan National Park has crossed the 450 mark despite widespread poaching, a recent rhino census carried out in the park indicates.

The eradication of malaria strains in the Chitwan valley in the '60s opened it up for human settlement. The casualty was the forest, and with it its wildlife and rich biodiversity. The rhino population had dropped to less than 100, a Panos report says. However, park authorities have now cracked down hard on poachers, resulting in a sharp increase in the numbers of the animal.

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