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Zero Rhino-killing in 2019 at Kaziranga National Park

One horned rhino

Located in the heart of Assam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga is known for the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinos. But their population has always been under threat from poaching for its horn, as 64 rhinos were killed in the last eight years. But the recent report says that in the year 2019, Bagori and Burapahar of Kaziranga have been identified as zero poaching ranges. Earlier, these two ranges were recorded to be the highest poaching ones as in 2017 and 2018 four rhinos each in both of these ranges were killed.

Rhino breeding (Image : Google)

It’s a huge success on the part of the police and the park authorities. A lot of effort has also been put by the wild life conservationist to preserve the species. The Kaliabor, Jakhalabandha and Nagaon Police have also been able to prevent poaching in their respective areas. The support rendered by different organizations and the local people in preventing poaching is instrumental in the success as well.

The forests officials work round the clock to protect the rhinos. However, the effort in protection of the rhinos needs to be maintained with the same severity as the poachers always look for opportunities to encroach the areas inhabited by the creatures. It is specifically during the monsoon that the rhinos become more vulnerable to poaching. A Special Rhino Protection Force (SRPF) is deployed to keep a close vigilance to the prevention of rhino poaching. A number of 75 poachers have been arrested in 2017-18. In such a scenario, the park authorities have not been able to rejoice the fact that the instances of poaching have dropped as they know very well that the threat-level still exists and the responsibility is on them to keep up with their endeavor to protect the rhinos.  

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