There may only be around 3,555 greater one-horned rhinos in the wild – but that’s up from around 2,500 in 2007. The increase is thanks to great collaborations between conservation partners, local communities, governments and law enforcement authorities in India and especially Nepal.
In fact, 2016 marks two years since the last rhino was poached in Nepal. It’s also the country’s fourth year of zero rhino poaching since 2011 – at a time when it’s rampant elsewhere. This great success shows that poaching really can be prevented.
Sadly, one rhino was killed in 2014 and another in September 2016 for their horns – highlighting the ever-present threat, and why we have to stay vigilant to fight wildlife crime.