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SOS Rhino : In the News : Nepal rhino poachers snared

Nepal rhino poachers snared

  Green Consumer
Friday 05 August 2005

Eight members of a rhino poaching gang have been arrested in Nepal following a long-running investigation into their activities, WWF has reported. The international conservation group has been supporting the Royal Chitwan National Parks and the Department of National Parks & Wildlife Conservation in their work to catch the gang

Poaching has decimated rhino numbers, with Nepal’s population dropping by more than 30% in just five years. A recent report placed the number of greater one-horn rhinos in Royal Chitwan at 372, from more than 540 in 2000. Park authorities were forced earlier in the year to reduce the number of guards assigned to protect the area, which exacerbated the poaching issue.

"What was most alarming was the claim by the trader that in the past he had already sold 20 horns at $4250-5700 a piece," commented Callum Rankine, Head of Endangered Species for WWF-UK.

"This remarkable result has come at the end of a long period of continuous investigation by WWF and the authorities. As so often happens in the work of conservation there is a substantial amount of background work done, but the rhinos should be safer now."

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