Gajurel, D. (2002, December 18). Rhinos Lost as Nepal's Park Police Fight Elsewhere. Environment News Service. [Online]. Available: http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-18-02.asp [2002, December 18].
Rhino; Nepal; police; poachers; medicine; trade
Endangered and protected wild species face threats to their survival in Nepal's national parks as a result of continuous bloody violence by Maoist insurgents for the past seven years. Since a state of emergency was imposed on Nepal in December 2001, security forces have been reduced in national parks and protected areas, which has encouraged poachers.
As a result, 33 one horned rhinos have been found dead in the seven months from May through November. Twenty-nine of the rhinos were found dead in Royal Chitwan National Park in central Nepal, while the other four died in Royal Bardiya National Park in western Nepal, according to Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation.
Security check posts in and around Royal Chitwan National Park have been reduced from 39 to 12 in the last few months, department officials say....