The shelved plan would have put India’s one-horned rhino population under increased threat from poachers. Concerns had been raised in India as well In with Assam Forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya raising concern that the decision may give a boost to rhino poachers.
Several years of armed insurgency had led to massive destruction of the Manas National Park between 1988 and 2001, which had also wiped out its 100-plus rhino population. The Assam forest department however began translocating rhinos there under the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 programme since 2008.
Total number of rhinos poached this year is now up to 13 Poachers Saturday killed another rhino in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam and decamped with its horn. With this,the number of rhinos poached in the state this year has risen to 13. Interestingly,wildlife authorities started a census Saturday to ascertain the number of […]