Endangered Rhino Population Grows Thanks to Covid-19 Lockdown

Officials say the pandemic helped the one-horned rhino population in a big way.

learn more about Justin Chan

By Justin Chan

Nepal's endangered one-horned rhino population has grown, in part, due to a nationwide, pandemic-related lockdown, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Over the past six years, the population has grown from 645 rhinos to 752 across four national parks, according to the country's Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation.

"It's great news for all of us who care for the conservation of rhinos," Deepak Kumar Kharal, the department's director general, told the publication. "Covid-19 had a small but an important role helping the growth in our rhinos' population."

Related: What Makes Nepal a Silent but Brilliant Economy?

Conversation officials believe that the lockdown was especially instrumental in the population's spike, explaining that the shutdown of the nature reserves gave the rhinos more freedom to roam and mate.

In the 1960s, the one-horned rhino population in Nepal fell below 100 at one point before the country carried out initiatives to protect the animals from poaching and keep their habitats in the southern region intact, the Journal notes. Rhino horns have long been considered prized in both Southeast Asia and China.

According to AFP, the Nepalese government has carried out a rhino census every five years since 1994. That year, just 466 rhinos were counted.

"The overall growth in population size is indicative of ongoing protection and habitat management efforts by protected area authorities despite challenging contexts these past years," World Wildlife Fund's Nepal representative, Ghana Gurung, said in a statement obtained by the outlet.

Justin Chan

Entrepreneur Staff

News Writer

Justin Chan is a news writer at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, he was a trending news editor at Verizon Media, where he covered entrepreneurship, lifestyle, pop culture, and tech. He was also an assistant web editor at Architectural Record, where he wrote on architecture, travel, and design. Chan has additionally written for Forbes, Reader's Digest, Time Out New YorkHuffPost, Complex, and Mic. He is a 2013 graduate of Columbia Journalism School, where he studied magazine journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @jchan1109.

Related Topics

Editor's Pick

The Dark Side of Pay Transparency — And What to Do If You Find Out You're Being Underpaid
Thinking of a Career Change? Here Are 4 Steps You Can Take to Get There.
A Founder Who Bootstrapped Her Jewelry Business With Just $1,000 Now Sees 7-Figure Revenue Because She Knew Something About Her Customers Nobody Else Did
Everything You Need to Know About Franchise Law

What Is a Brand Personality? Here's How to Develop One.

Connect with your audience on a deeper level by giving and cultivating your brand a personality. Read here how to do so.

Starting a Business

How To Sell on Etsy in 2023: A Comprehensive Guide

Want to start selling your handmade goods online? This article outlines how to start and grow your business using Etsy.

Business Ideas

55 Small Business Ideas To Start Right Now

To start one of these home-based businesses, you don't need a lot of funding -- just energy, passion and the drive to succeed.

Starting a Business

How to Craft the Best Benefits Package for a Global Workforce

Attract top talent from across the globe with a benefits package that speaks to anyone, anywhere.

Business News

'Crying Northwestern Kid' Turned His Viral Fan Moment Into a Successful Harvard Admissions Essay. He Says the Experience Taught Him About Empathy.

Six years ago, Phillips was watching No. 8 Northwestern take on No. 1 Gonzaga during March Madness when he became a meme.