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.