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Trader Caught!



Posted on 28 August 2006
Indian rhinoceros (<i>Rhinoceros unicornis</i>), male in mud bath, Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal.
Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), male in mud bath, Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal.
© WWF / Jeff FOOTT
On Sunday, 27 August 2006, Gyalbo Gurung, a notorious trader, was nabbed in Kathmandu thanks to the joint efforts of enforcement agencies (police and park authorities), Wildlife Conservation Nepal, and WWF Nepal. Gurung, a resident of Gorkha district who has been trading rhino horns in the capital Kathmandu, is linked to over 25 rhino deaths. His group is also responsible for the recent poaching of six rhinos in Chitwan National Park.

Our sources reveal that Gurung bought two rhino horns for NRs 450,000 (approx USD 6,200) from Surendra Syangden, currently incarcerated for rhino poaching. Gurung could’ve sold a single rhino horn on the international market for as much as approximately USD 30,000. Gurung’s arrest is significant because it will impact the links in his trade network.

Gurung has been removed to Chitwan National Park today where his case will be brought to trial. According to Nepali law, he faces upto 15 years in prison and/or a fine of NRs 100,000 (approx USD 1,400).

While we are pleased to share this news with you, we realize that Gurung’s arrest is but a small part of a flourishing illegal wildlife trade in Nepal. We are committed to safeguarding the future of vulnerable species through our policy and advocacy work, programmes on the ground and fighting illegal wildlife trade.

WWF Nepal continues to remain vigilant for a living planet.
Indian rhinoceros (<i>Rhinoceros unicornis</i>), male in mud bath, Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal.
Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), male in mud bath, Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal.
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