Counting of one horn rhinos starting from today

File Photo Tourists on a vehicle watch as a one-horned rhino crosses a trail in the Chitwan National Park on Friday, March 24, 2017. Photo Courtesy: RSS

Kathmandu: About two years after the deadline, the world’s rarest one-horned rhinoceros will be counted from today.

According to Chitwan National Park, all preparations for the census have been completed. The census of Chitwan and Parsa National Parks is being started simultaneously.

Minister for Forest and Land Conservation Prem Ale Magar is scheduled to start the rhino census by worshiping the forest goddess at Pratappur in Parsa National Park. The rhino census is being conducted under the leadership of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation.

Chitwan and Parsa have been made one block. The census is being conducted in these two parks from today, in Bardiya National Park from March 30 and in Shuklaphanta from April 1.

It is estimated that it will take at least 20 days to count rhinos in the two parks. Preparations have been made to complete the rhino census in all the four parks by April 11 and make the results public in the first week of April.

Although it was said that rhinos would be counted in five years, the rhino census was stopped last year due to corona virus (Covid-19) and earlier due to lack of budget.