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Rhino census begins in Shuklaphanta National Park

2021 Apr 02, 14:25, Kanchanpur
A one-horn rhino located in a tributary in Shuklaphanta National Park in December 2017. Photo courtesu: Kum Thakur

Counting of the one-horned rhino, enlisted in the list of rare wildlife, has begun at Shuklaphanta National Park from Thursday.

Eight technicians, 10 managers and 12 elephants have been mobilised for counting the population of the one-horned rhino.

Chief Conservation Officer at the Park, Dil Bahadur Purja Magar, said that the population of rhino would be counted in three blocks— park area, Malumela and Beldandi.

He added, "They have started activities in order to complete the rhino census within a week. Information will be collected regarding the habitat and condition of rhino along with the count."

The park has been conducting the census of rhino in the interval of four years. A total of 17 rhinos protected in the Park include 10 males, five females and two calves.

The number of rhinos has increased in the Park after the protection of its habitat and enhancing the endangered animal's security.

A total of four rhinos were brought to Shuklaphanta National Park from Chitwan National Park in 2000 for the first time. Earlier, five rhinos were shifted to Shuklaphanta from Chitwan National Park in 2017.

The population of rhinos has been increasing in Shuklaphanta Park in a satisfactory manner in two decades.

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