first_imgMongabay correspondent Alex Dudley contributed reporting from Nepal.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. The body of a male one-horned rhinoceros was found with its horn gouged out on Saturday in Nepal’s Chitwan Park.Chitwan Park was gearing up to celebrate three consecutive years without any rhino poaching.Nepal has one of the world’s most effective anti-poaching programs, and the country’s rhino population is on the rise. Investigations are underway to locate the poachers responsible for killing a rare one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park.The male rhino was found Saturday shot dead and with its horn gouged out. Its death comes just weeks after conservationists celebrated 1,000 days without a rhino being poached in Chitwan, and as they were looking forward to reaching the three-year no-poaching mark in early May.This has ended that excitement, said Chiran Pokharel, a veterinarian at the National Trust for Nature Conservation’s office in Sauraha, Nepal. “It is sad news for us,” he told Mongabay. “Obviously we are not feeling good with this, since the government is putting a lot of effort to control poaching.”Greater one-horned rhino in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park. Photo by Dhilung Kirat via Flickr.Since May 2014 — the last time a rhino was poached in Chitwan — only one of these rare animals has been killed in all of Nepal. In August 2016, a rhino was shot outside the park. Its horn was intact, leaving doubt about whether it was the victim of a failed poaching attempt or of human-wildlife conflict.The investigation into this new poaching case is only beginning, Pokharel said, and officials do not yet have information about the culprits, such as whether the poachers were local or foreign.Despite these recent setbacks, the tiny Himalayan country has been lauded for its commitment to protecting rhinos. Nepal’s rhino population grew from just 375 in 2005 to 645 in 2015 — even as demand for rhino horn in nearby China and Vietnam drove a global poaching epidemic.A greater one-horned rhino wanders Chitwan National Park. Photo by Nomad Tales via Flickr.In explaining the country’s success in protecting wildlife, experts generally point to a strong collaboration between officials, local and international conservation organizations, the military and local residents. In addition to forest guards, Nepal’s military and community-based anti-poaching units patrol critical wildlife areas.However, the killing last weekend highlights the animals’ vulnerability and the ongoing need for better anti-poaching enforcement in Chitwan and the adjacent community forests, Pokharel said. “There are many institutions [working to protect rhinos]; there’s the local people, the government, the army. But if poachers are able to get there before them, that’s a very big challenge.” Article published by Isabel Esterman Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Mammals, Megafauna, One-horned Rhinos, Poaching, Rhinos, Wildlife last_img