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Chitwan National Park Begins Rhino Relocation Program

March 15, 2024
Chitwan National Park Rhino

Chitwan National Park has started a program to relocate six rhinos within its boundaries. The move comes as a response to the increased population of the endangered species in the western part of the park.

The relocation began on Friday with a team of 60 individuals, including elephants, technical experts, and Nepal Army personnel. The rhinos, aged between 8 and 20, will be moved to the Dibyapuri post within the park. The process is expected to take about two weeks.

“This relocation is based on a study by the Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation,” said Ganesh Prasad Tiwari, Information Officer of Chitwan National Park. The move aims to promote intermingling between rhinos in different areas of the park, potentially boosting reproduction rates.

Chief Conservation Officer Dil Bahadur Purja Pun added that priority is given to relocating rhinos that pose a risk to nearby communities. The park is ensuring a balanced mix of male and female rhinos in the relocation.

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