Growing Rhino Population

24 October 2020 # Hope

Rhino populations in India’s Jaldapara and Gorumara national parks, in the state of West Bengal, have hit their highest levels in a century, according to preliminary figures from a recent census. Following February censuses in these two parks, researchers put the current population of greater one-horned rhinos (Rhinoceros unicornis) at 231 to 237 animals in Jaldapara, up from 204 in the previous census in 2015. In nearby Gorumara, 52 rhinos were counted, up from 49 in the 2015 census.

Conservationists have welcomed the confirmation that rhino numbers are rising, but voiced concerns about the sex ratios in both parks, the size and quality of grasslands available to the animals, and the ongoing threat of poaching.