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Kaziranga to witness rise in Rhino population


ASSAM BUREAU/TSI TEAM | Guwahati, January 12, 2012 16:59
Tags : assam | rhinoceros | national green tribunal | forest department | pachyderms |

Despite the menace of poaching remain unabated, the population of world famous one horned Rhinoceros in Kaziranga National Park is likely to see an uplift. Although the exact figure is not available yet, the park authority is expecting to come out with a huge figure of rhinos in the next round of census to be conducted soon.

Director of Kaziranga National Park, Surajit Dutta told TSI that the 10th population estimation for enumerating rhino figures in Kaziranga NP will be completed before March with probability of much more than the previous one.

In the last four census held in year 1993, 1999, 2006 and 2009 the recorded figure for one horned rhino was 1164, 1582, 1885 and 2048 respectively. If the trend continues to be in this way, the rhino population of the state will cross the 3000 mark. The target set under the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 i.e 3000 can be achieved much before the completion of the decade.

According to the park authority beside rhinos the park has also witnessed an impressive rise in the numbers of other pachyderms like elephants, buffalos, deers and tigers. The leopard population has increased from 5246 in 2002 to 5620 in 2011. Number of buffaloes has increased from 691 in 2008 to 1169 in 2011. The Royal Bengal Tiger population of the park is 118 which is one of the densest in India.

But this trend has also a flip side resulting in man-animal conflicts becoming quite frequent in the adjoining areas. This is largely because of the tresspassing of the animals into the residential areas in search of food and habitat. Though a project for the extension Kaziranga is on its implementation mode but it is not progressing in a desired way adding to the worries of the authority.

Besides, encroachment of forest land, large scale mining within the parks 'no development zone' is pausing a serious threat to its rich flora and fauna. The National Green Tribunal recently served a show cause notice to Assam Forest Department strongly criticising the government for its failure to put such activities to an end. They have also asked them to submit its reply (report) before 25th January, 2011.

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017