Rhinos on the rise

Deep in the tangled subtropical jungle that fringes southern Nepal, we bounce through Chitwan National Park on the back of a jeep, peering into the elephant grass where wild Bengali tigers roam. Watching and waiting in the muggy monsoon heat, the guide beside me falls asleep, lulled by this slow, lurching ride and the distinct lack of tigers.

That’s when we spy her: a great, grey giant and her tiny calf by a trickle of a stream. Nose raised high, she sniffs us out and, despite her terrible eyesight, locks us in a piercing, silent gaze that is my undoing. This one-horned leathery beast may not be the reason I endured 10 uncomfortable hours on a crowded Nepali bus, but to eyeball this rhino — one of the world’s rarest creatures — is a moment of pure rapture.

I came to Chitwan National Park with tigers on my mind but in Nepal’s oldest and most famous wildlife sanctuary I encounter the world’s largest rhino in wondrous droves: female-led family groups feeding by the dusty track and

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from WellBeing

WellBeing4 min read
Health Source
Endeavour College of Natural Health is the leader in natural health education and research, producing the experts that keep the world well. Offering courses in naturopathy, nutrition, acupuncture, myotherapy, complementary medicine and remedial massa
WellBeing5 min read
Your Say
Did something resonate with you in this issue of WellBeing? Tell us! Write to WellBeing, Locked Bag 154, North Ryde, NSW 1670, email wbletters@umco.com.au, comment on our Facebook page or Instagram account: @WellBeing_Magazine. We reserve the right t
WellBeing2 min readFood & Wine
Food Source
Manuka honey is a famed antibacterial and renowned as one of nature’s unique superfoods, promoting good health and immunity. HoneyLife uses only “raw” unrefined honey without applying any heat or chemical process. It is Australian sourced, made and o