Nepal: rhino numbers increase amid pandemic

Nepal’s rhino population is increasing.

The number of one-horned rhinos in Nepal has risen to 752, up by more than one hundred since 2015, when its population stood at 645. This coming from Nepal’s department of national parks and wildlife conservation.

The park’s information officer credits conservation success to a number of factors, including the pandemic.

The lack of tourists, he says, means their habitats were not disturbed.  He also said less poaching and investment into habitat management contributed.

The greater one-horned rhino is native to Nepal and India. It’s listed as a vulnerable species and remains under threat from poaching for its horn.

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