Our anti-poaching efforts are already paying off. Thanks to the bravery and determination of enforcement teams in Nepal, we’ve recently celebrated a whole year where no rhinos were poached.
And new figures show a fantastic 21% increase in rhino numbers across Nepal’s Terai Arc region in the last four years. For tigers, the last known poaching case in Nepal was in May 2011.
But constant vigilance is still needed, because we know that demand for tiger parts, rhino horn and ivory continue to exist, so the threat of poaching here remains critical. During the past year more than 650 people were arrested for involvement in many different aspects of wildlife crime in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park alone
We’re really hopeful that Murray and Sears will provide a great boost that will help retain Nepal’s hard-won success in tackling this trade.
The two sniffer dogs are now in Chitwan National Park for the last few months of their intensive training. They’re out six days a week learning vital new skills and putting their agility, intelligence (and keen noses) to the test. They get to play, too – often with a ball, just like Murray’s namesake.