Nepal to send officials to China for habitat inspection of to-be-gifted rhinos


KATHMANDU, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) — The Nepali government is going to send a team of conservation officials and technical experts to China next week, prior to gifting two pairs of rhinoceros to the northern neighbor.

A cabinet meeting led by then Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli decided to gift two pairs of rhinos to China on July 10, and the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation is now on the last stage of finalizing the names of team members for inspection of habitat in China.

As per the ministry, the officials are likely to leave next week to have a detailed study on possible rhino habitats and to provide necessary suggestions to the Chinese side for the arrangement of translocation of the mammals.

“Once the team returns from China with report on environment, ecology and management of habitat for gifted rhinos, the real process of gifting rhinoceros will begin. Within the next three days, we will finalize the names of officials,” Yajna Nath Dahal, under secretary at the ministry, informed Xinhua on Tuesday.