Chitwan, Dec. 27: The number of Ghariyal crocodile has increased in the Rapti and Narayani rivers. Rapti river has witnessed an increase of 34 Ghariyals while it is 19 in the Narayani river.
With the rise, the population of crocodile of Ghariyal species has reached 118 in Rapti and 101 in Narayani. According to the 2016 count, Rapti had 84 Ghariyals while Narayani had 82.
The Department National Parks and Wildlife Reserve has made public the increasing trend of Ghariyal population growth as per the count undertaken on last February and March.
According to Chitwan National Park's Chief Conservation Officer Bed Kumar Dhakal, Rapti has seen rise of 40 percent in the number of Ghariyals and it was 23 percent in Narayani. -Narayan Adhikari, RSS
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