Nepal Celebrates Second Year of Zero Rhino Poaching

Nepal Celebrates Second Year of Zero Rhino Poaching

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It’s no coincidence that Nepal is celebrating its own record-breaking rhinoceros population, while they’ve just achieved their second successful year of eliminating poaching within its borders.

As of May 2016, the country has gone two years in a row without any harm coming to the endangered species, tallying up to four years in total since 2011.

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“It takes a whole country to achieve conservation success like zero poaching, and Nepal has just done that, one more time,” said Shubash Lohani, deputy director of WWF’s Eastern Himalaya Ecoregion program in a press release. “This rare success gives us a hope for a better future for rhinos and WWF is proud to be a partner of the Nepali government and people in achieving this success.”

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The conservation victory is credited to the effects of improved tracking technology of the creatures, rapid ranger response, and identifying poaching hot spots within national parks.

645 rhinos – the highest recorded number so far –are now currently living contentedly in Nepal thanks to these efforts. Republish
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