Habitat loss threatens rare rhinos

South Asia's endangered Great One-horned Rhinoceros is being driven from its habitat into the hands of illegal poachers due to lack of food, Reuters reported experts as saying.

The endangered animals’ feeding grounds in northeast India and southwest Nepal are being overrun by inedible, exotic species of weeds and wild plants, a meeting of the Asian Rhino Specialist Group in Nepal concluded.

The rhinoceros population in these countries has been on the rise, but poaching is still the main threat to survival.

Rhinos are often illegally killed for their horns and other body parts, which are believed to have aphrodisiac qualities and sold at high prices in China and other southeast Asian countries.

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