Bhadra and Rupasi, a pair of rhinos being sent to China as gift

Chitwan, Jan 17: Bharda and Rupasi are among the two pairs of rhinoceros that the government is sending to the Government of Republic of China as gifts. 

The pair named Bhadra (male) and Rupasi (female) were earlier sent here by the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation. They have been kept separately--Bhadra at Khoriyamuhan of CNP while Rupasi at Boma (enclosure) set up on the premises of National Trust for Nature Conservation, according to CNP chief conservation officer, Bed Kumar Nepal. They were given names by the Ministry itself and they belong to 21-24 months group.

A team from China is arriving here by June 29 to receive the gifts. Earlier, the government had decided to present two pairs of rhinoceros to China. The next pair chosen for the gift is yet to be named. Preparations are going on to send them to China in the third week of July.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli during his first stint had announced to give two pairs of endangered rhinos to the northern neighbour as gifts during his China visit two years ago.

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