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Adopt A Heritage Scheme: Assam sees protests over Kaziranga National Park, Ahom-era monuments

May 02, 2018 ~ Source Times of India

Centre’s decision to engage corporate houses for maintenance of tourism infrastructure in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park (KNP) and Ahom-era monuments in Sivasagar district has angered many organisations, triggering protest in different parts of the state on Wednesday. This comes at a time when the government is being criticized for involving a private company to look after tourist amenities in the 17th century Red Fort.

While Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), a student organisation, and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) threatened to intensify their stir against “involvement of private companies” in the upkeep of state’s heritage sites, the opposition Congress asked chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to take up with the Centre to exclude sites in the state from the Adopt A Heritage Scheme.


Priyanka Chopra gets Kaziranga National Park to open its gates for special Assam ad shoot

April 30, 2018 ~ Source Indiatoday

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Priyanka Chopra, whose TV series Quantico Season 3 premiered a few days ago, has been busy keeping up with her other work commitments. Chopra is the ambassador of Assam tourism and she had to fly down to India for a few days to shoot for a new campaign.

Titled ‘Awesome Assam’, the campaign has Priyanka pointing out why you should visit Assam. The actress was in Jorhat to shoot the commercial.

What comes across as interesting is that the state government of Assam opened the gates of the Kaziranga National Park for filming the ad.

Kaziranga, which is a restricted area, doesn’t allow commercial shooting.


Glare on Kaziranga tiger count

April 27, 2018 ~ Source Telegraph

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Kaziranga National Park and Tiger reserve (KTR) is being run without a tiger conservation plan, according to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the apex tiger authority in the country.

The NTCA, in its report on rampant mining in Karbi Anglong Hills in adjoining Kaziranga tiger reserve, says the KTR, despite being declared a tiger reserve on August 3, 2007, does not have an approved tiger conservation plan. “It is a matter of great concern that a protected area like the KTR, a World Heritage Site, is being managed without a properly planned tiger conservation plan,” the report says.

The report was released on April 20 and sent to the Assam government.


Forest guard injured in rhino attack in Kaziranga

May 01, 2018 ~ Source Indiablooms.com

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According to the reports, the incident took place at Kathanibari forest camp area inside the world heritage site, while the forest guard was engaged in vigil at the area with other forest guards.

The injured forest guard was identified as Sabir Ahmed Laskar and he was engaged at Holalpat forest camp under Kohora range office in the national park.

“When we were engaged vigil at the area, a rhino chased us and attacked Sabir. Witnessing the unfortunate situation we had managed to flee from the area,” a forest guard said.

The injured forest guard was immediately rushed to Bokakhat hospital and the doctor referred him to Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) for better treatment.

In last year, a forest guard died in rhino attack incident in the national park.


England legend Kevin Pietersen posts a heart-warming post in Hindi after increase in rhino population

April 02, 2018 ~ Source Zeenews

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A census in India’s Kaziranga National Park has provided good news that the number of one-horned rhinos has increased by 12 in the last three years.

The news has been welcomed by a large section of society, especially wild-life activists, and former England batsman Kevin Pietersen is the latest personage to express his happiness at the increase in population of the animal, which stands at 2,413 now.

However, his way of celebration has been a little unusual as on Twitter on Monday he posted a message in Hindi. It’s not clear who helped Pietersen with the message or whether he knows enough Hindi to formulate such a post.


Miracle in Kaziranga: increase in one-horned rhino population

April 13, 2018 ~ Source qrius.com

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In an incredible conservation story, a tri-annual census concluded on March 28 registered an uptick in the number of the one-horned rhinoceros in the Kaziranga National Park—an increase of 12 rhinos since 2015. The registered increase comes as a sigh of relief as after losing over 500 rhinoceroses to poaching since the nineties, the average annual loss in the number of rhinos has trickled down steadily.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in the heart of Assam, which has been home to two-thirds of the world’s population of the species, now houses a total of 2,413 rhinos.

This year’s census was carried out across the length and breadth of the park by over 300 government and NGO officials. The numbers reported, if correct, would suggest the park has reached its carrying capacity and the rhino population is healthy and thriving.

However, the conservation effort has not been without controversy, as the centre handed park rangers full military control to keep poaching and hunting in check. About 150 rhinoceroses have been killed for their horns in 2006, but by 2015, the death toll for human hunters rose in comparison to the number of animals killed. To eliminate poaching, especially in case of rhinos straying outside the perimeters of the protected reserve, violent eviction drives against encroachers have led to over a hundred deaths caused by police firing.


Rhino Shot Dead By Poachers In Kaziranga National Park

January 15, 2018 ~ Source NDTV

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An adult female rhinoceros was shot dead by poachers in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO declared World Heritage site, a senior Forest department official said on Monday.

Forest guards at Daflang camp under Bagore range of Kaziranga National Park heard two gunshots around 9:10pm on Sunday and reacted immediately by firing six rounds in defence of the animals there, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Bikash Brahma told media.

Mr Brahma said because of the quick action of the forest guards the poachers could not take away the horn of the dead rhinoceros.

A combing operation has been launched to trace the poachers, the senior official said.


Rhino, Calf Shot Dead In Kaziranga National Park In Assam

November 05, 2017 ~ Source NDTV

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Three days an adult female rhino was killed, another female rhino and her calf were shot dead and their horns removed by poachers at the Kaziranga National Park in upper Assam last night, a forest department official said.

The rhino and her calf were gunned down near Tunekati Forest Camp under Burapahar Range of the park yesterday, Kaziranga National Park Divisional Forest Officer, Ruhini Ballab Saikia told news agency Press Trust of India.

According to Mr Saikia, the security personnel launched a search operation after hearing gunshots around 11.30 pm. They found the bullet-riddled carcasses of the rhinos lying near each other in the morning.

The official further said several empty cartridges of AK-47 assault rifle were also recovered from the spot.

With yesterday’s deaths, the toll of rhinos killed in Kaziranga this year rises to five. Poachers had slaughtered two rhinos earlier this year. While one was killed at Hatibali Chapori in the national park’s sixth edition area in February, the other was killed at Burapahar Range of the park in April, a forest official said.


Assam’s Kaziranga National Park opens for tourists

October 02, 2017 ~ Source Zee News

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Assam Forest and Environment Minister Pramila Rani Brahma on Monday opened the Kaziranga National Park for the 2017-18 tourist season.

Accompanied by Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, chairman of the Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) Jayanta Malla Baruah and other dignitaries, Brahma cut the ceremonial red ribbon to officially declare the park open and said that the Forest Department has advanced the tourist season by one month.

Earlier the park used to open for tourists from November 1 until April 30. The new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led alliance government that came to power in 2016 ordered the park to open from October 1 until May 30.

“The puja vacation is on in schools and parents love to bring their children to Kaziranga National Park. Keeping the vacation season in mind, we have decided to open the park on October 2 this year.

“We have opened only two ranges today, the Bagori and Kohora. Other ranges at Kaziranga National Park will open at a later stage,” Brahma said.

Massive floods hit Kaziranga National Park twice this year leading to severe infrastructure damage. It also killed a total of 430 animals including rhinos and a tiger.

Park officials said that only 25 percent of the Kohora range was ready for jeep and elephant safari as of now.

“We are going to launch only jeep safari in Bagori range today. We expect to begin elephant safari from October 11.”

Kaziranga National Park has the highest number of the one-horned rhinoceros in the world.

The park covering an area of 430 sq.km is also famous for three giant herbivores: the Asiatic elephants, swamp deers and Asiatic water buffaloes.

A Unesco World heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park has also been demarcated as an Important Bird Area by the Birdlife International to promote the conservation of endangered species.


Assam floods: 225 animals dead in Kaziranga National Park

August 19, 2017 ~ Source Zee News

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At least 225 animals have died in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam as the second wave of devastating floods lashed the state, Kaziranga officials said on Saturday.

As of Saturday, 30 percent of the Kaziranga National Park was still inundated.

Earlier this month, the first wave of floods had submerged over 70 per cent of the park and led to the death of 105 animals, Kaziranga National Park Director Satyendra Singh told IANS.

“The flood water is starting to recede but the pace is very slow,” Singh said. “It will take another few days to completely recede from the Kaziranga National Park”

The dead animals at Kaziranga National Park include 178 hog deer, 15 rhinos, four elephants and one tiger.

The second wave of floods hit the state earlier this month, submerging 25 districts and affecting over 33 lakh people.


Assam Forest Department to construct highlands for animal protection

August 05, 2017 ~ Source Zee News

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The forest department authority of the Kaziranga National Park has informed that over 105 animals were killed in floods which affected Assam. According to the forest authority, five rhinos died after the massive flood hit the state.

State Forest Minister, Pramila Rani Bramha said, “Thirty highlands were under construction for the protection of animals from floods. But the construction could not be completed due to heavy rains and flood which affected the state in heavy amount.”

She further stated that a project would be prepared by the state forest department to request funds from the Centre for construction of highlands to protect animals.

“We would first scrutiny whether construction of highlands would be fruitful for animals and then will lay project to approach the Centre for required funds,” Pramila told ANI.

She asserted that the animals were very sensitive about the rains and would search for nearby highlands to rescue themselves from the floods.

Pramila also assured to complete construction of thirty highlands following the scrutinisation for animal protection.


91 animals, including seven rhinos died in floods in Kaziranga National Park: Govt

July 31, 2017 ~ Source Zee News

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Over 90 animals, including seven rhinoceros, have died due to the flooding in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, the Government told Parliament on Monday.

The Assam floods have affected the Kaziranga National Park. Seven rhinos, 82 hog deer, and two sambar deer have died in the flooding, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said in a written reply.

The floods have so far claimed over 70 lives in the northeastern state.

Over 25 lakh people bore the brunt of the flooding in 29 districts. The administration set up 1,098 relief camps and distribution centres in the state.

Vardhan said that based on Annual Plan of Operations submitted by tiger reserves, the government provides funds to them under the centrally-sponsored scheme ‘Project Tiger’ through the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

The funds are used for various activities, including for measures to address flood situation such as creation of highlands and preventive structures against erosion, boats, rescue of animals, desiltation and creation of road network etc, he said.


Flood-hit Assam puts rescuers on ‘war footing’; toll hits 53

July 14, 2017 ~ Source Zee News

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Floods in India’s Northeast have killed at least 83 people and led to the death of 3 rare one-horned rhinoceros at the Kaziranga National Park that has the world`s largest concentration of the species.

The floods caused by torrential rains across the hilly states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur over the past two weeks, have also triggered landslides. In all more than 2 million people have been displaced, authorities say.

“Assam is the worst hit with 53 lives lost so far in floods and landslides with some 2 million people displaced,” Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal told Reuters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a team of federal government officials, led by junior home minister Kiren Rijiju, to assess the damage.

The overflowing Brahmaputra River has also completely marooned the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, forcing animals to flee to safer areas.

A one-horned rhinoceros drowned on Friday, taking the toll of the endangered animals in the flooding to three, Assam`s forest minister, Pramila Rani Brahma, told Reuters.

The Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, is home to an estimated 2,500 rhinos out of a world population of some 3,000.

Nearly 60 other animals, mostly deer and wild boars, have been killed in the floods, she said.


Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Visits Flood Hit Kaziranga National Park

July 13, 2017 ~ Source NDTV

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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday visited the flood affected Kaziranga National Park in upper Assam and ordered setting up of a coordination committee for wildlife protection.

Undertaking an extensive visit within 20 km radius of rhino habitat Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in its Bagori Range, Mr Sonowal assessed the impact of the current wave of floods on the World Heritage Site and its flora and fauna.

The Chief Minister directed to form a coordination committee involving Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents Police and Divisional Forest Officers of five districts with a mandate to maintain close vigil on the movement of animals and their probable threats from poachers during the floods at Kaziranga National Park.

Taking stock of the prevailing flood situation and its resultant damage in Kaziranga National Park, Mr Sonowal took a boat ride to oversee the extent of damage in Bagori Range, and said the Coordination Committee involving functionaries of five districts of Nagaon, Golaghat, Karbi Anglong, Sonitpur and Biswanath will report to the Forest minister on a day to day basis on the flood situation and protection measures being adopted for the animals.


Green Court Asks Assam Government To Ensure Animal Safety in Kaziranga

July 12, 2017 ~ Source NDTV

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The National Green Tribunal today rapped the Assam government for the death of several animals in road accidents in the Kaziranga National Park and directed it to ensure their safety, especially during monsoons.

Concerned over growing wildlife deaths caused by road accidents near the home of the famous one-horned rhinos at Kaziranga National Park, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the Assam government to take urgent steps to protect animals during the floods at Kaziranga National Park.

The green panel was informed by the Sarbananda Sonowal government that it has carried out 1,010 challans on National Highway-37 that passes along the southern boundaries of Kaziranga National Park for over-speeding and over-loading till July 10.


BBC Disallowed To Film In Tiger Reserves For Five Years: Government

March 29, 2017 ~ Source NDTV

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The BBC has been banned to film in tiger reserves for five years as its documentary on Kaziranga National Park “misrepresented” the immunity provided to forest staff as a “shoot-to-kill” policy, the Centre on Tuesday said.

Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha that there were several “inconsistencies” between the “synopsis provided by the BBC producer and the final documentary released for airing”.

“The government is aware of a documentary released by the BBC in which they misrepresented the immunity provided to forest personnel under section 197 of CrPC as ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy.

“The BBC has been disallowed from filming in tiger reserves for a period of five years. The permission granted before making the film included the condition for preview before its release. However, the documentary was not submitted to the authorities for a preview,” Mr Dave said.

India’s tiger conservation agency recently asked the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to bar the BBC from filming in protected areas for five years, claiming a documentary produced by it “distorted” the government’s anti-poaching strategy.

It has also sought revocation of the visas of the journalist who produced the documentary and other crew for an identical period.

National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) had earlier suggested “blacklisting” the BBC producer for “grossly erroneous” reporting, while issuing a show cause notice asking the broadcaster as to why permissions granted to it should not be revoked after the documentary termed the government’s anti -poaching policy at Kaziranga as one of “shoot to kill”.

Mr Dave had in the past said the Assam government had taken a series of steps to curb poaching at the Kaziranga National Park, including empowering the forest staff to use firearms without prior sanction while providing them immunity from prosecution.

The NTCA, which functions under the Environment Ministry, in a memorandum had said that producer Justin Rowlatt and others committed a “breach of trust” by submitting “false and misleading synopsis” to obtain filming permissions and producing a documentary which shows India’s conservation efforts in “poor light”.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), whose South Asia Bureau made the documentary – ‘Killing For Conservation’, however, recently said it has not received any notification of a ban by Indian authorities and that such a reaction to a report which was “balanced and impartial” would be “disappointing”.


First Rhino Death Of 2017 Reported In Kaziranga

January 9, 2017 ~ Source NDTV

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A carcass of an adult male rhinoceros with its horn intact was found today inside Kaziranga National Park in what is being dubbed as the first rhino death of the year in the Kaziranga National Park, officials said.

The carcass was found by the patrolling forest guards in Padurijan area near the Sildubi camp this morning, a Kaziranga National Park official said, adding that the animal died due to natural causes and the horn was intact.


Home Minister Visits Flood-Hit Assam; 13 Dead, 18 Lakh Affected

July 30, 2016 ~ Source NDTV

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Union home minister Rajnath Singh today visited Assam to take stock of the damage caused by the floods there. Assam is reeling under heavy flood which has affected at least 18 lakh people across 3,374 villages in 22 districts in the state.

Mr Singh, accompanied by Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and Minister for DoNER Jitendra Singh, will take stock of the situation in the districts of Nagaon and Morigaon besides the Kaziranga National Park.

Almost 80 percent of the Kaziranga National Park is submerged in water.

The home minister conducted an aerial survey and meet flood-affected people in Morigaon district. Mr Singh is expected to meet Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and state government officers in Guwahati before returning to Delhi in the evening.

Flood situation in Assam has worsened with five more deaths taking the toll to 13 in the current deluge. The affected districts are Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Bongaigaon, Dhemaji, Barpeta, Goalpara, Dhubri, Darrang, Morigaon, Sonitpur, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Kokrajhar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Biswanath, Kamrup Metropolitan, Chirang, Nagaon, Kamrup and South Kamrup. Kaziranga National Park has been most affected with major rivers here overflowing and killing a number of animals here at the Kaziranga National Park.



6 Baby Rhinos Saved From Flooded Kaziranga National Park

July 28, 2016 ~ Source NDTV

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Six rhino calves, displaced in the current floods in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, have been rescued, a forest official said today.

A team of the Assam Forest Department and a mobile veterinary service team from the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) have so far rescued six baby rhinos aged between one month and a year from various ranges of the Kaziranga National Park.

“They were found separated from their mothers after being washed away in the floods. We have rescued them and they are under treatment at our veterinary centre which is 5 km away from the main gate of the park,” Rathin Barman, deputy director of Wildlife Trust of India, which runs the CWRC, told PTI at Kaziranga National Park.

Led by Mr Barman, a team of over a dozen workers, besides forest department officials, has been trying to rescue the wild animals displaced in the floods here at Kaziranga National Park.


12 Lakh People Affected In Assam Floods, 60% Of Kaziranga Inundated

July 26, 2016 ~ Source NDTV

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In 24 hours, the number of those affected by floods in Assam has doubled, from six lakh people to over 12 lakhs now. This, because of near continuous rainfall across the state in the last 24 hours and a red alert from the Met department predicting more.

Seven people have died in flood and landslide related incidents in the last week, and till last reports came in, 18 districts across the state are affected by floods. The situation is particularly bad in upper Assam where hundreds of villages in districts like Golaghat and Dhemaji are under water.

The Assam government has moved their residents to relief camps where shelter and two meals are being provided across the state, about a lakh people have taken shelter in over 2,000 such camps.

Apart from damage to homes, government buildings and roads, another big headache for the state government is that flood waters have inundated 60 percent of Assam’s famous Kaziranga National Park, and have entered over 40 forest camps manned by rangers in charge of protecting the endangered one-horned rhino here at Kaziranga National Park. This had made animals at the Kaziranga National Park even more vulnerable to poaching.


9 Poachers Arrested For Killing Rhino In Kaziranga National Park

May 03, 2106 ~ Source NDTV

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Nine poachers, including three forest department staff, have been arrested for killing a One Horned Rhinoceros in Kaziranga National Park.

Acting on a tip-off, police officials last night arrested the nine.They included three forest department employees from Burapahar Range office. They have been identified as Keshav Gayan, Tonkeswar Bordoloi and Pinku Das, Kaziranga National Park Divisional Forest Officer Subhashis Das said.

The six “most wanted” poachers were identified as Adrish Ali, Fafiq Ali, Saiful Ali, Ibrahim Ali, Saurav Ali and Tarzan Orang, Mr Das said. The gang had killed an adult male rhino, removed its horn and dumped the carcass near Tunikati camp under Burapahar Range in Kaziranga National Park on November 22, 2015.

According to Mr Das, all the six poachers were named in the most wanted list of 126 poachers in four districts — Nagaon, Sonitpur, Karbi Anglong and Golaghat.

On Sunday last, police had nabbed Saurav Ali from Burapahar Range in Kaziranga National Park and interrogated him, leading to his confession and information of the nexus between poachers and the staff of Kaziranga National Park.


On Day Of Will-Kate’s Kaziranga Tour, Rhino Shot With AK-47s

April 14, 2016 ~ Source NDTV

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Hours after Prince William and his wife Princess Kate Middleton visited the Kaziranga National Park, poachers shot dead a rhinoceros at the sprawling sanctuary using AK 47 guns.

Poachers had killed a female rhino just two days before the royal visit at Kaziranga National Park. The horns of both animals were hacked off.

Forest officials said they heard a burst of fire at about 11:10 pm on Wednesday, hours after the royal couple had driven through the Kaziranga National Park in an open jeep, with security vehicles escorting them. 88 empty cases fired from AK 47s were found near the adult rhino’s body, they said.


Prince William, Kate To Visit Kaziranga National Park, Meet Anti-Poaching Staff

April 12, 2016 ~ Source NDTV

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An interaction with anti-poaching staff and a visit to an animal rehabilitation centre are being lined up for Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, during their visit to the Kaziranga National Park in Assam on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The royal couple will arrive in Tezpur, some 90 minutes’ drive from Kaziranga National Park, on Tuesday evening, and will be received by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

They will be taken to the Diphlu River Lodge adjacent to the Kaziranga National Park, famed for its one-horned rhinoceros, for their two-night stay.

“The next morning (Wednesday), they will be taken to the Bagori range of the Kaziranga National Park where they will be shown photographs of the park,” M. Ali, director of the Kaziranga National Park, told news agency IANS over phone from Kohora in Assam. “Thereafter, they will embark on a one-and-half hours’ jeep safari to see the fauna inhabiting the Kaziranga National Park,” he said.


Rhino Killed In Kaziranga National Park

March 23, 2016 ~ Source NDTV

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Suspected poachers on Tuesday killed a rhino in the Kaziranga National Park, a forest official said.

The carcass of the female adult rhino was spotted by patrolling guards near Tunikhati forest camp under Burapahar Range, Park Divisional Forest Officer Subhas Das said. A 303 rifle and 18 empty cartridges were recovered from the site, he said.

Five rhinos have been killed so far by poachers this year.

Security inside the Park has been intensified in the park.


2016 Has Been Terrible For Kaziranga National Park. 2 Rhinos Killed In Last 48 Hours.

January 27, 2016 ~ Source NDTV

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In less than 48 hours, two rhinos have been found dead in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. So far this year, three rhinos have been poached here at Kaziranga.

“Gun shots were heard from the Burhapahar range of Kaziranga National Park around 12.30 pm and an operation was launched immediately. But on Wednesday morning, the forest guards recovered a carcass of the rhino. The horn of the rhino was missing,” said the park official at Kaziranga National Park.


Two Rhino Poachers Killed at Kaziranga National Park

January 1, 2016 ~ Source NDTV

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Two Rhino poachers were killed in an encounter with forest guards in the Bagori Range area of the Kaziranga National Park on Thursday.

According to officials of the Kaziranga National Park, five to six poachers had entered the park in order to carry out rhino poaching. Except the two who were killed, all others escaped during the encounter.

On Wednesday,  a female Rhino was killed by poachers at the park located in Assam’s Sonitpur district. An Assam Home Guard, part of the force that guards rhinos at National Parks, was also killed by the poachers.

Poachers have killed and dehorned nearly 200 rhinos in Assam over the past 13 years; in 2014, 20 rhinos were killed. A few years ago, the Assam government set up a special task force to guard rhinos. Last year, there was a proposal to use drones for surveillance at the Kaziranga National Park, but nothing has been done yet in this regard.


As Assam Floods Worsen, How Guards at Kaziranga are Coping

August 25, 2015 ~ Source NDTV

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The floods in Assam have affected 8 lakh people, leaving 14 dead. About 1.5 lakh people have sought shelter in the 150 camps opened by the state government. But the challenges are substantially higher for forest guards at Assam’s Kaziranga National Park. Not only are their camps inside the forest flooded, they also have to ensure the safety of the critically endangered one-horned rhinoceros of Kaziranga.

To make the job of protecting these rhinos even more difficult, over 20 forest camps, the backbone of all operations within the 480 sq km park, have been flooded. This is forcing the forest guards to take refuge in the ones that remain at the Kaziranga National Park – which are few.


Rhino Killed in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park

June 30, 2015 ~ Source NDTV

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Poachers have killed yet another One-horned rhino in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, taking the number to 12 since January this year 2015, officials said on Monday.

Park officials said the guards patrolling the park recovered the carcass of a rhino from the Burhapahar range of the Kaziranga National Park on Monday.

“It bore bullet injury and the horn was missing, which indicated it to be a case of poaching,” Kaziranga National Park director MK Yadav told IANS.

Spread over 858 sq.km, the Kaziranga National Park is home to more than 70 per cent of the world’s one-horned rhinos and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Rhino Killed at Kaziranga National Park in Assam, Poaching Suspected

April 10, 2015 ~ Source NDTV

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A female adult rhinoceros was killed on Friday and its horns removed by suspected poachers at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam.

On hearing gunshots in the early hours near Borboribil forest camp, patrolling forest guards conducted a search and came across the carcass of the rhino with its horns removed, a senior park official of Kaziranga National Park said.


Kaziranga National Park count shows more number of Rhinos

April 02, 2015 ~ Source NDTV

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Kaziranga National Park, the world’s biggest reserve for the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, purveyed great news recently – a headcount showed 2401 rhinos, up from 2013’s count of 2,329.

But there are other statistics that show the battle to save the engendered species is placed precariously. In the last five years, though nearly 250 people have been charged with poaching in and around the Kaziranga National park in Assam, not one has been convicted.