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Number of Rhinos Increases in Kaziranga
Mar 31, 2015

According to a latest census, the number of world famous one-horned rhinos in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park has increased to over 2,400. The census is a regular exercise in the park and it is conducted every three years.

  • The census, conducted by Assam’s forest department, counted 2,401 rhinos, which indicated increase of 71 rhinos in the park in the past two years. 

  • Although the last census was carried out in 2012, the State government conducted a special census of the rhinos in 2013 after a large number of rhinos had been poached in the park. 

  • The 2012 census confirmed 2,290 rhinos in the park, the special census next in 2013 confirmed that there were 2,329 rhinos in the park.


    (Photo Courtesy: The Telegraph, Kolkata)


  • A total of 1,651 adult rhinos were counted followed by 294 sub adult rhinos. The number of juvenile rhinos in the park is estimated to be 251 followed by 205 calves.

  • The forest department in association with several wildlife NGOs did the census and divided the entire park into 81 blocks for counting the animal. 

  • A total of 36 elephants of the forest department have been used to carry out the exercise and the whole exercise involved about 200 people.

  • GPS and binoculars were used for the first time to assist the enumerators in better observation.

 


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