06.05.2011 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Numbers of one-horned rhinoceros increases to 503 in Chitwan National Park

The number of rhinos in Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Property, has increased by 23% since the last census taken in 2008. There are now 503 as compared to 408 three years ago. This reports the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). According to WWF, these numbers reflect the success of conservation efforts for this species and are a result of improved rhino protection measures and management of habitat.

3Chitwan National Park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1984 and celebrates a particularly rich flora and fauna typical of the lowland Terai forest, which once stretched across the foothills of the Himalayas through India and Nepal. On the hills are pines and scattered palms, and moister slopes support bamboos. The park is also recognized as prime habitat for the Bengal tiger.

 

The site was the subject of discussion by the World Heritage Committee in 2003-2004 over the building of a bridge within the park. Following constructive dialogue between the Committee and the Nepalese Government, measures were implemented ensuring that the bridge be used strictly for local community purposes and not for commercial traffic, thus limiting impacts on the park. 

 

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