In the first nine months of the current fiscal year, 30 rhinos died in Chitwan National Park and surrounding areas.
Twenty-six of them died of natural causes, while four were murdered by poachers.
According to Lokendra Adhikari, the park’s information officer, a rhino was recently discovered dead on April 14.
Last fiscal year, 26 rhinos died, but with three months left in the year, the number is expected to rise significantly.
Meanwhile, the park’s management has formed a committee to investigate the causes of the rhinos’ deaths.
Many rhinos are said to die as a result of fighting among themselves, being stuck after falling on a wet surface, and being attacked by tigers.
The dense population of the protected species in the park’s western area is also thought to be a contributing factor to the increasing numbers. According to Ananath Baral, the park’s chief protection officer, complete data from the recent census would verify whether the rhinos need to be relocated.
Poaching was non-existent last fiscal year, but it has risen this fiscal year. The park’s administration is still trying to stop rhino poaching, with a few poachers being apprehended.
According to the most recent census, the park now has 694 rhinos, up from 605 in the previous census in 2015.