October 17, 2010
We traveled down to Chitwan National Park for the majority of our visit. This is the first national park in Nepal, set up in 1973. Chitwan National Park boasts a population of 408 Greater One-Horned rhinos, the second largest population in the world. The population has increased by almost 100 animals in the last three years. Political unrest has ended and the military is now able to protect the treasured wildlife of the park. When we arrived to the park, we met the Deputy Director of Chitwan. The park averages about 11 rhino poaching episodes annually, with a low of one animal poached in 2007. Before this trip, communication on few conservation needs of the park was exchanged. The Deputy Director emphasized the large amount of land that rangers needed to cover in order to protect the park, which typically is done by foot. Historically, rangers had patrolled the park on foot, bicycle or elephant in covering huge expanses in the park (500 square miles).