Kaziranga National Park is now home to at least 2,613 rhinos including adults. It may be noted that the population of the majestic beast in the park has increased by about 2,250 in more than 55 years.
Kaziranga National Park
The park was formed in 1908 and in 1985 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The park is located in Golaghat and Nagaon districts, Assam.
As per the 14th Rhino census conducted earlier this year, there are 2,613 rhinos in the park including 1,670 adults, stated the official website of the Kaziranga National Park.
Standing tall along the flood plains of the Brahmaputra, the park draws a comparison with Africa for its rich natural beauty and quality of wildlife viewing.
According to the data available with the Press Information Bureau, there were 366 rhinos when the first rhino census was conducted in 1966. Significantly, the population has finally crossed the 2,500-mark.
In this regard, the official website of the Kaziranga National Park reads, “Due to the floods almost every year, the park witnessed deaths of wild animals including rhinos but this year’s census result is a ray of hope for these endangered species.”
Significantly, at least 190 cases of rhino poaching were reported with 2013 and 2014 registering the highest cases – 27 each since 2000. Since 2017, the poaching incidents have been in the single digits while since 2018, there has been a continuous drop in the poaching cases.
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