One of the grand challenges that humanity has been facing now is the unprecedented loss of biodiversity that is essential for our survival. Recently, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) warned the risk of 1 million species extinction’ from the planet because of habitat loss, fragmentation, poaching, and human-wildlife conflicts, to name a few reasons. Amid this grim situation, small countries like Nepal have managed to bring back a one-horned rhinoceros from the brink of extinction. In this case study, students will:
- Receive introduction to the status of the one-horned rhinoceroses’ population in Nepal, drivers of population decline, and key policy and practical interventions to address those challenges
- Identify and describe socio-environmental components and explain their complex interaction and feedback
- Apply an SES framework to analyze the challenges of rhino conservation and identify responses to address those challenges in Nepal.
This case study is designed for an upper-level undergraduate and graduate course with emphasis in conservation biology and policy.