Central Terai Arc
A success story for greater one-horned rhinos
A total of 612 greater Asian one-horned rhinoceros were counted in Nepal's Year 2000 Rhino Census, which was supported by WWF. The operation, completed in May, recorded 67 rhinos in Royal Bardia National Park and 544 rhinos in Chitwan, the latter representing a 20 percent increase since 1994.
WWF and government and non-government partners have been restoring rhino habitat in Nepal to increase rhino numbers and improve connectivity between protected areas.
AREAS is also active in translocating rhinos from Chitwan to establish viable populations elsewhere. The programme's main objectives here include raising the rhino population to 1000 individuals by 2010 and restoring 60% of Chitwan's buffer zone to natural conditions.