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Herding Rhino in Nepal | by Trisha Ray
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Herding Rhino in Nepal

Flew from Kathmandu to Meghauli, landing on a grass runway with a thatched shelter. that was Meghauli Airport. We exited the plane via handmade wooden steps on wheels.

 

When all 12 passengers had disembarked, they turned the steps around and rolled them up to a waiting elephant. We climbed up, and headed off. On the way, we met a rhino, and gathered the elephants in for a closer look. The rhino was unhappy about that, and charged off - causing one elephant (not ours) to rear up in fright. We hadn't even got to our lodgings yet. We were traveling with another couple, Big Jim from Chicago, and Jane from Goa-Zanzibar. Jim just kept shaking his head.

"I never have to worry about running into rhinos at home."

 

There was no electricity (and no road), and everything was made by hand. It was wonderful. This was in the Chitwan National Forest, on the border between Nepal and India, long before "eco-lodges" became popular.

We traveled by elephant, and by small wooden boat. I asked why there were so many logs on the riverside, when there were so few trees.

"They are not logs, Missy. They are crocodiles."

Oh.

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Taken on April 8, 2012