Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)

The Indian Rhinoceros once ranged throughout the entire stretch of the Indo-Gangetic plain, but excessive hunting and destruction of their natural habitat drastically left only small populations to survive in the North-East of India and Nepal.

In order to ensure the survival of the species the re-introduction of Rhino was taken on the basis of the fact that Rhino was once a part of this eco¬system and that a Rhino was shot in 1878 in the adjoining forest of Pilibhit.

This project was undertaken by fencing an area of around 27 sq. kms. in the South Sonaripur Range consisting of around 80% grasslpond, 18% woodland and 2% wetland. In 1984 five Rhinos were introduced from Assam, followed by four females from Nepal in 1985. Today with the constant vigil and monitoring there are over 32 Rhinos in Dudhwa. A ride on the Elephant back is the perfect way to see these creatures once again living in the wild.