CNP ready to send second pair of rhinos to China on August 16

CHITWAN: Officials of Chitwan National Park are all set to send the second pair of rhinos to China on August 16. These rhinos are being sent to China as a gift from the Government of Nepal to the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

Chief Conservation Officer at Chitwan National Park Bed Kumar Dhakal said Chinese officials were working on arranging a cargo plane and taking approval from the airport authorities.

Earlier, the Government of Nepal had sent the first pair of rhino to China on July 12.

The one and a half years old male rhino has been named as ‘Solti’ while the name of a two-year-old female is ‘Mitini’.

The rhinos are being sent to Kathmandu on August 14, two days before their departure to China.

Currently, the rhinos are kept in an enclosure called pit booma on the premises of the National Trust for Nature Conservation in Sauraha. CNP officials said there would be no problem in translocation of the rhinos since rhinos were familiar with humans.

Like before, CNP veterinarians, technicians and assistants would be sent along with the rhinos. The veterinary doctors and technicians, who had gone to gift the first couple of rhinos, have already returned while the assistants are yet to arrive home.

During his visit to China, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had pledged two pairs of rhinos in gift to the government of  China.