Counting rhinos in Nepal

Sometimes we use some novel approaches to get accurate counts of wildlife populations, but not this novel. Researchers at Nepal’s Chitwan National Park recently carried out a “rhino drive”, using riders on as many as 200 elephants moving through the dense grasslands in a single line.

It is thought that about 2500 Indian rhinoceroses exist today in India and Nepal. The current range is much smaller than their former distribution, and habitat loss and poaching continue to dampen conservation efforts.

photo by Don Roberson

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