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Not One Rhino Poached In Assam In 2022, A First In 20 Years. This Is Why

Kaziranga Nationwide Park is now residence to 2,613 Rhinos. (Representational)


Not a single one-horned rhino in Assam was poached in 2022, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned on Tuesday. Strict vigil by armed commandos and forest personnel in addition to the usage of “subtle expertise” helped Assam obtain this goal.

Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned that this feat has been achieved by the state after no less than 20 years. “It has in all probability been 20-25 years since Assam reported no poaching of even a single rhino in a 12 months.” The final poaching incident occurred on December 28, 2021 at Hilakunda, Kohora in Golaghat district.

In June 2021, the Assam authorities shaped a 22-member job power headed by particular director Common of police (legislation and order) GP Singh and deployed armed commandos for vigil and strict motion in opposition to poachers.

The federal government had moreover arrange a 22-member job power to verify poaching which comprised senior forest officers and SPs of no less than 11 districts, and divisional forest officers of six wildlife divisions. The districts embody Golaghat, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Morigaon, Baksa, Chirang, Barpeta and Majuli.

Rhino poaching had change into a critical concern within the state, with 2013 and 2014 witnessing no less than 27 deaths. No less than 18 rhinos have been killed in 2016 following which the quantity persistently decreased with just one rhino poached in 2021.

Kaziranga Nationwide Park is now residence to 2,613 Rhinos and the numbers are growing, as per the most recent census information put out by the nationwide park authority.

To obviously convey the message to poachers that rhino horns haven’t any medicinal or financial worth, the Assam authorities had publicly burnt a stockpile of two,479 horns in September. “The usage of rhinos’ horns for medicinal functions is a fable,” Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had then mentioned.

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