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Truck kills two rhinos in Zambian national park

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The Independent Online | February 27, 2020

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RUSTENBURG: Two white rhinos were killed when a truck hit them in the Mosi-oa-Tunya national park in Livingstone, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Original photo as published by IOL: Two rhinos died after a truck hit them at the Mosi -oa-Tunya National Park in Livingstone, Zambia. Picture: Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation

It said the truck with Namibian registration numbers hit the animals on the Livingstone-Kazungula road which passes through the national park.

Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale told the broadcaster that he had instructed the department of national parks and wildlife, the road development agency and the road transport and safety agency to put up speed humps on the road within the park to avoid similar accidents.

He said it was also important to place visible warning signs indicating that wild animals often crossed the road within the park, to alert motorists.

Anthrax ruled out as cause of 4 rhino deaths (State of West Bengal, India)

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Pinak Priya Bhattacharya, The Times of India | February 24, 2020

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JALPAIGURI: The forest department has ruled out anthrax as the cause of four rhino deaths at Jaldapara national park last week.

“We sent viscera samples to Belgachhia lab and a private lab. The results were negative for anthrax,” a senior forester said.

The department has, however, stopped elephant safari in the park till Thursday to keep a watch on kunki elephants vaccinated over fears of an anthrax outbreak.

“The department needs to identify the disease and take measures at the earliest,” said environmentalist Shyama Prasad Pandey of Society for Protecting Ophiofauna and Animal Rights.


Rhino death zone in Jaldapara National Park quarantined (State of West Bengal, India)

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The Telegraph India | February 26, 2020

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The forest department has quarantined an area of around 3sqkm at Jaldapara National Park in Alipurduar district to prevent the spread of an infection that is suspected to have caused the death of five rhinos over the past week.

Foresters said no fresh deaths or illness has been reported in the past three days.

Last week, four rhinos were found dead at the Sishamara beat of the park. Another rhino carcass was found in the forest under the Malangi beat.

Original photo as published by Telegraph India: Forest guards in Jaldapara prepare to dart a rhino with arrows fixed with red markers for identification after vaccination (Picture courtesy: Bengal forest department)

“We have quarantined for 20 days the area at Sishamara where the carcasses were found. Our men are on vigil to prevent animals from getting into the area. Also, temporary energised fences will be erected to stop the movement of animals. All the six rhinos spotted in the area have been vaccinated, along with the pet elephants,” said Kumar Vimal, the divisional forest officer of Jaldapara.

Although the infection is yet to be identified, the anthrax spore vaccine has been administered, according to forest officials.

According to him, sanitisation of the stretch has begun. “Our men are spraying formalin and lime in the forest. After that, we will carry out a controlled burning of the grass, which is yet another preventive measure to stop the infection from spreading. The fence will be installed after that,” he added.

Seventeen other rhinos that have been seen close to the affected area have also been vaccinated and have been marked with red paints for identification. In Jaldapara, the rhino population is around 250.

Another forest official said when asked why only the rhinos at Sishamara have been vaccinated, said: “If an herbivore of any other species is found ill or its carcass is found with similar symptoms, vaccinations will be done immediately.”

Rajib Banerjee, the state forest minister, said they had decided to constitute a veterinary unit for wild animals with a pathological lab at Madarihat, the entry point to Jaldapara.

“The unit will be of help in many ways, and particularly during situations such as those that we encountered last week,” Banerjee over phone.

With no new deaths being reported since Sunday, the department has planned to conduct a herbivore count next month.

“The department has decided to conduct a herbivore count across the forests of the state from March 12 to March 14. After the deaths of rhinos in Jaldapara, we were a bit apprehensive about whether to go ahead or postpone it here. But now that no new deaths due to the infection has been reported, we will go ahead with the exercise,” Vimal said.


Poisonous food causes death of three rhinos in CNP (Nepal)

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Rastriya Samachar Samiti, The Himalayan Times | February 2, 2020

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CHITWAN: Three rhinoceros have died after consumption of poisonous food in the past month in Chitwan National Park (CNP).

Preliminary report shows that a rhino, which was found dead last Saturday at Seheri, East Nawalparasi, had consumed toxic food.

According to CNP senior veterinary doctor, Dr Bijay Shrestha, a rhino died at Tamaspur area last week, which was preceded by another death at Ganjipur area a month ago.

‘Mustard substances’ were found in the stomach of all three rhinos and it is estimated that they might have died after eating poisonous mustard seeds and plants, he further shared.

South Africa rhino deaths declined 23% in 2019

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Jacqueline Mackenzie, Bloomberg | February 3, 2020

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The number of rhinoceros that were killed for their horn in South Africa fell 23% in 2019 as the government continues its battle to curb poaching, the environment minister said.

During 2019, 594 rhino were poached nationally — down from 769 in 2018, Environment Minister Barbara Creecy said in a statement Monday. A total of 327 rhino were lost as a result of poaching in the Kruger National Park during 2019.

Measures implemented by government included improved capabilities to react to poaching incidents, better situational awareness, the deployment of technology and improved information collection and sharing among law enforcement authorities.

There was also improved regional and national cooperation and more involvement of the private sector, non-governmental organizations and donors, she said.


13 rhinos die in seven months at CNP (Nepal)

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The Himalayan Times | January 29, 2020

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CHITWAN: A total of 13 rhinos died in seven months of the current fiscal at Chitwan National Park. Two rhinos died at the park today and yesterday.

With this, the number of rhinos that died in the current fiscal has reached 13.

Information Officer as well as Assistant Conservation Officer at the park Gopal Ghimire said a rhino in its early twenties was found dead at Tamaspur of the park yesterday.

He said the dead female rhino had a 10-month-old baby inside its womb.

Ghimire informed that another rhino in its early thirties was found dead at Sukhibhar area today. Preliminary investigation shows that the rhino might have died due to poisonous food.

Senior vet Dr Bijaya Kumar Shrestha at the park said generally rhinos died due to clash with each other and old age. “Some die after they get stuck in the quicksand. So far no epidemic or contagious diseases have been seen among rhinos, but the rhino death rate at the park is alarming,” he added.

The Department of National Park has been working to find the root cause behind the increasing rhino deaths after formation of a committee last year.

No poachers have killed rhinos for the last few years. But death of rhinos even due to natural causes is a matter of serious concern.

As many as 43 rhinos died due to natural causes in the last fiscal. In the fiscal 2017-18, 26 rhinos died of natural causes while 25 died due to natural cause in 2016-17.


10 one-horned rhinos died in Nepal

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Shirish B Pradhan, Outlook India | January 13, 2020

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KATHMANDU: At least 10 one-horned rhinos have died in the last six months in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park and the buffer zone of the forest area, officials said on Monday.

In the latest incident, a rhino was found dead close to the Bhaluwai river in Madi area.

All the animals have died of natural causes.

The Chitwan National Park dispatched a team for conducting postmortem, its information officer Gopal Ghimire said.

Forty-three rhinos died from natural causes in 2019.

Nepal is home to 645 rhinos, according to the latest census and the CNP alone houses 605 of them.

Two rhinos die in a week in Chitwan National Park (Nepal)

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Khabarhub | January 13, 2020

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CHITWAN: At least two rare one-horned rhinoceros have died within a week in Chitwan National Park (CPN), raising concerns about the sharp increase in deaths of rhinos.

A female rhino of estimated 20 years old was found dead in a swamp on January 11. The death was believed to be a natural one, and the rhino was pulled out by an excavator, according to the officials at CNP.

The park had recorded the first rhino death of this year on January 5, when a baby rhino of an estimated five to six years old was found dead in a mustard field in Nawalparasi district. The baby rhino was believed to have died due to an electric shock but a further investigation is required.

Original photo as published by Khabarhub. (Representative image)

According to the officials, many rhinos die following a battle with other animals regarding territories, while some die due to diseases and infections.

The authorized record puts deaths into two categories – natural or unknown, and poaching. All deaths including territorial clash, diseases and infections, drowning, injuries, old age, and other non-poaching reasons are defined as natural.

The increased number of rhino deaths due to natural reasons in the last few years has raised concerns among the authorities and conservation partners.

The one-horned rhino is the largest rhino of the species.

Nepal homes 645 endangered rhinos in its different national parks as per the census of 2015, which includes 605 in Chitwan, 29 in Bardia National Park, eight in Shuklaphanta National Park, and three in Parsa National Park.

Nepal will be conducting another rhino census later this year.


Nepal’s Chitwan National Park records 2020’s 1st rhino death

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Outlook India | January 6, 2020

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KATHMANDU: A young and rare one-horned rhinoceros has died in the buffer zone of Chitwan National Park (CNP) in Nepal, authorities have confirmed.

The baby rhino estimated to be five-years-old died in a mustard field in Nawalparasi district on Sunday morning in the territory of CNP, the country”s largest rhino habitat located some 160 km from the capital Kathmandu, reports Xinhua news agency.

“We are yet to identify the real cause of its death,” Gopal Ghimire, spokesperson for CNP, told Xinhua, adding the verification of the cause of the death would take some time.

This was the first recorded rhino death in 2020.

Nepal is home to 645 endangered rhinos as per the 2015 census. However, rhino deaths due to natural causes were on the rise.

According to officials, many rhinos succumb to injuries following a battle with other animals regarding territories, while some die due to diseases and infections.

A total of 46 one-horned rhinos died in the fiscal year 2018–19 in and around the CNP, recording the worst year for the endangered species in the country.

According to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, out of the 645 rhinos in Nepal, over 600 are in CNP.

The Himalayan country will conduct a new rhino census this year.