Wildlife

Kaziranga National Park: Poaching Fails to Stop Increase in Rhino Population

Rhino Kaziranga
The rhino population in Kaziranga National Park continues to grow despite threats posed by poachers; the latest census shows that rhino count in the park is up by 72 from 2013, which is an impressive figure if one consider that 54 pachyderms lost their lives to poachers in the corresponding time.

The latest rhino census conducted in the world heritage site puts the total rhino population at 2,401 up from 2,329 in 2013.   Click here to read more about Kanha National Park.

Here is a chart that shows a comparative study of the rhino population in the KNP in censuses done in different years:

Year Rhino population
2015 2401
2013 2329
2012 2290
2009 2048
2006 1855
1999 1152
1993 1164

The Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of the KNP, SK Seal Sarma informed that the actual rhino population could be even higher since the census has excluded many areas where the rhinos could have venture into the adjoining areas of the park. Though he didn’t give an exact figure, he mentioned that if these factors are taken into account the total rhino population could go up by about 200.

Some of the other highlights of the 2015 census are outlined in the table below.

Census Total rhino population Adults Male Female Unsexed
2015 2401 1651 663 802 186

KNP officials were predictably upbeat about the latest figures thrown up by the census and said that their hard work has paid off handsomely, especially when one takes into account that 54 rhinos were killed by poachers since 2013.

In coming days, this beautiful animal would get to live in an even more secured environment what with the Union Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar promising to raise a central protection force for the protection of the animal at the KNP.

Just for the record, since 2013 at least 75 rhinos have been hunted down by poachers across different national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Assam.

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