Five rhinos killed in CNP in past one month

15th Aug, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

CHITWAN, Aug 15:  A rhino was found dead recently in the Chitwan National Park (CNP). Its horn was found polled. 

The 20-year-old pachyderm was traced in morass at Batulichaur of Ghaghar under Madi Bagai sector in the CNP, said Ananath Baral,  the CNP chief conservation officer, adding that further investigations are underway. It might have been killed at least two months ago because its horn was removed and there were also gunshot wounds in the head, he added. 

The gender identity of the dead rhino is still unknown as it was rotted. A joint patrol team of the Nepali Army and CNP employees found the mortal remains of the rhino. 

Immediately after the finding, a CNP high-level team launched an investigation. 

In the previous fiscal year, 2020/21, four rhinos were killed by poachers and 28 others died natural death, according to the CNP information officer Lokendra Adhikari. Five rhinos died natural death in one month alone in the current FY, 2021/22. 

Despite efforts to control poaching, rhino poaching continued in the CNP.