Reports from Nepal suggest that seven rhinos have been killed in Chitwan National Park in the last 3 months, and estimates for the last year range from 15 to nearly 30. The Nepalese Army currently have around 1000 soldiers based in Chitwan, so the high number of poaching incidents suggests that there is something wrong with the current security arrangements.
These incidents, which occurred despite the deployment of more than 900 Nepal Army personnel for wildlife protection, point at cracks in security arrangements.
Government officials, apparently including the Nepalese Prime Minister, Madhav Kumar Nepal, have ordered the Forest Department, who manage the National Parks, to clamp down on poaching.
Nepal's greater one-horned rhino population was thought to be on the road to recovery, following almost a decade of steep decline caused by poaching. Conservationists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) had joined forces with local communities to form a team of rhino bodyguards on elephant-back to protect the species' last remaining strongholds in Bardia and Chitwan National Parks, but the latest spate of poaching is a major wake up call.