KATHMANDU, Apr 30: The Nepali government on Friday started process to capture a baby rhino within the premise of Chitwan National Park (CNP) as part of the rhino-gifting process to China, authorities said.
A team of around 50 people including officials from the national park, technical experts, veterinarians, army officials along with a representative from China are involved in the rhino-capturing process.
“We are attempting to dart a rhino aged around one year in Baghmara area of CNP since this morning. It is not that easy to capture a wild life so we are not sure how long the process will take. It might take hours to days,” Nurendra Aryal, information officer and assistant conservation officer at CNP, told Xinhua via phone from the forest.
This will be the first rhino among two pairs to be captured, which will be soon gifted to China by the Nepali government. The decision to provide two pairs of endangered rhinos as gifts to China was made by Nepal in 2016 during the government led by Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli.
Nepal has completed the construction of a special enclosure called “boma” within the park premise where the captured rhinos will be kept for observation and to help those mammals to get accustomed to enclosure. Boma reflects natural habitat for rhinos including trees, grasses and small water reservoirs.
The CNP, located some 170 km away from Kathmandu, is the largest habitat of rhinos in Nepal. As per the 2015 census, there are a total of 645 rhinos in Nepal. Of them, 605 are in CNP alone.
As per the agreement, Nepal will dispatch two pairs of rhinos below four years old including two male and two female to China. The rhinos will be sent to the national parks in Guangzhou and Shanghai in China.
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