Rhinos on the rebound in Nepal

The civil war in Nepal ended in 2006. Since then, the Maoists and the other political parties have been playing musical chairs and not focussing on leading the peace process to its conclusion. However, all is not gloom and doom for Nepal. Thanks to the end of the civil war, the greater one-horned rhinoceros is starting to recover from poaching that occurred during the 1996-2006 civil war period.

A recent study has found 534 rhinos (Rhinoceros unicornis) in Nepal, 99 more than were found in 2008. Of these, Chitwan National Park is home to 503 rhinos, an increase of 95 from 2008 data. The number of rhinos in Bardia National Park is up by two from the 22 found in 2008. Seven of the rhinos were found in Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, up by two since 2008 as well. Atleast the rhinos have benefited from the peace process in Nepal!