Nepal to give two pairs of rhinos as gift to China


KATHMANDU, July 10 (Xinhua)– The Nepalese government, on Sunday decided to give two pairs of one-horned rhinoceros to China as a goodwill gift, a government spokesman said here in Kathmandu on Sunday.

A meeting of the Council of Ministers of the government made the decision, government spokesman Sherdhan Rai told media.

“We have decided to gift the two pairs of rhinoceros to Chinese government in order to help carrying out research studies on rhinoceros conservation in China,” the government spokesman said.

There are currently 645 rhinoceros in the Himalayan nation, according to Kathmandu Post Online. Of the total rhinoceros, 605 of them are in Chitwan National Park located in the Central Nepal. The rhinos to be gifted to China will also be selected from the park, the Kathmandu Post Online report further said.