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Rare one horned rhino killed by poachers in nepal
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Last Updated : 18 Jul 2017 02:49:38 PM IST
Rare one horned rhino killed by poachers in nepal
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At least 25 endangered one-horned rhinos died in Nepal’s largest habitat of the pachyderms during the 2016-17 fiscal.

Officials on Saturday found the male rhino with its horn gouged out in Chitwan National Park, the country's biggest rhino conservation area.

"We performed a post-mortem and found that it had been hit by a bullet on its head," the park's spokesman Nurendra Aryal told AFP.

Aryal said a team had been set up to investigate the incident and security had been tightened at the district borders.

 
 
 

In September last year a rhino died weeks after poachers shot it in the same park, the first of the rare animals to be killed in the country in over two years.

Thousands of one-horned rhinos once roamed the plains of Nepal, but their numbers have plunged over the past century due to poaching and human encroachment on their habitat.

The population decline was particularly dramatic during Nepal's 1996-2006 civil war, when soldiers on anti-poaching duties were redeployed to fight the Maoist guerrilla insurgency.

 

 

But the country has since made rapid progress in combating the poachers who kill the animals for their prized horns, drawing praise from conservation groups and activists.


Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2017/04/09/rare-one-horned-rhino-killed-by-poachers-in-nepal/#W9OLPrGdgudGlxP4.99

Shant Raj Jnawali, a rhino expert at WWF, said the latest death highlighted the vulnerability of the animals despite anti-poaching efforts from the community, park wardens and army.


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