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Rhino population estimation gets under way at KNP


KAZIRANGA, March 25 - The rhino population estimation process began today with a briefing session at the Forest Convention Centre at Kohora. The briefing was initiated by NK Vasu, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), where enumerators and observers from the Forest Department, media and green NGOs attended.

Addressing the enumerators and observers, Vasu said that rhino population estimation is very important from the breeding point of view. So the enumerators must try to collect accurate data of rhino population, including the number of mothers and calves. He said the figure of mothers and calves would determine the breeding status of rhinos in Kaziranga National Park as well as other relevant factors. He stressed on proper data analysis of the information which would be collected during the two-day census of rhinos, i.e., on March 26 and 27.


Seized rhino horns over the years which were stored under tight security and was in the custody of Kaziranga Forest Department, had been displayed today before the observers and enumerators to impart technical knowledge on identification of male and female rhinos just by looking at the horns.


Vasu said that the rhino population census process had been conducted from time to time since 1966 at regular intervals. The last rhino population estimation was conducted in 2015 where the rhino population was estimated to be more than 2000.


Robin Sharma, Research Officer of Kaziranga National Park said that 40% of the rhino population is concentrated in the western range of Bagori. But the rhino population have also been well distributed in other ranges too, including the 1st addition area of Kaziranga National Park.


On March 26, a total of 36 ‘compartments’ will be covered in areas falling on the southern side of Jia Diffloo river. Similarly on March 27, a total of 38 ‘compartments’ will be covered in areas falling on the northern side of Diffloo river.


More than 300 people, including enumerators and observers would be engaged in this year’s rhino population estimation exercise. More than 50 elephants will be pressed into service, informed Research Officer Robin Sharma.


Source: The Assam Tribune, Guwahati, Monday, March 26, 2018