Annual floods hit Assam and inundate 70% of Kaziranga National Park
This year the monsoon season arrived early and hit several parts of the state and flooded various districts across the State affecting almost 14 lakh people of Assam. The flood waters have also inundated the various wildlife divisions of Kaziranga National Park and many forest camps are now under water ere at Kaziranga National Park. The wild animals are seeking refuge at higher grounds and this means that they need to come to the artificial highlands within the areas inside Kaziranga National Park or some animals even seek refuge at the higher grounds of the Karbi Anglong hills. The problem is that the animals of Kaziranga National Park have to cross the stretch of the National Highway that runs across the area of the protected park to the other side of the Karbi Anglong hills thereby posing danger to their life from the vehicles and heavy trucks plying on these roads.
The Authorities of Kaziranga National Park have taken due consideration of this problem and over the years during the monsoon season they take adequate measures to control the flow and speed of traffic in the stretch of National Highway from Jakhlabandha to Bokakhat that falls along the wildlife corridor of the Kaziranga National Park. To protect the animals from the speeding vehicles time cards have been introduced and this doesn’t allow the vehicles to cross the speed limit of 40 km/hr. across this road stretch and in case they do they are levied a heavy fine. Though many accidents have been averted with this concept yet some animals like Hog Deer’s have been killed by vehicles on the road stretch. The protection force at Kaziranga National Park also need to ensure to save the human and animal conflict as the as the animals come out of the protected areas of Kaziranga National Park and to the areas near the human settlements at Kohora and Bagori and humans owing the fear of their life often hunt down these animals. News of hunting down of Hog Deer’s for their meat have come from the Biswanath Sub Division of Kaziranga National Park and the meat sells from INR 300 – INR 500 per kilo and owing to the size of the Hog Deer’s the meat quantity fetches a decent amount and certain hums knowingly or unknowingly (that the Hog Deer’s are protected animals) hunt them down and sell their meat. Poachers also get active during the monsoon season due to the tall growth of grass in the areas of Kaziranga National Park and also the water way provides them easy accessibility inside the Kaziranga National Park thereby helping them to poach the animals like rhinos and tiger for their horns and bones and skin, etc.
With the second wave of floods hitting Assam in July it is now reported that almost 90% of the area of Kaziranga National Park is hit by floods. Animals have started to take cover in the highlands and reports have come in of the tiger seeking shelter in a goat’s shed to avoid the flood water and the efficient forest officials have rushed to the rescue of the tiger at Kaziranga. Authorities have reported that the flood waters have submerged almost 166 anti-poaching camps of the total 223 camps. Also as per the authorities of Kaziranga National Park, almost 47 animals have died due to the floods that include 41 hog deers, 1 Rhinoceros and three wild boars. Not only Kaziranga, but the floods have also wreaked havoc across the other National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of Assam. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary near Guwahati that is home to the highest population density of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros has been completely submerged and news of a rhino losing its life has surfaced due to the floods. Also locals have reported of an inhumane act of certain miscreants hunting down four male hornbill birds and a wild boar at the vicinity of this Wildlife Sanctuary as well.
2019-20: A sad tourist season for Kaziranga Tourism
May 11, 2020
The tourist season of 2019-20 has turned out to be a devastating one for Kaziranga National Park and the other tourist destinations of Assam and North East India. Though the season started on a high note after the reopening of Kaziranga National Park towards the mid of October with visitors coming in from across the World to spot the diverse flora and fauna of Kaziranga National Park, no one could have ever predicted such a frim scenario towards December. In the month of November we executed several tours and safaris at Kaziranga National Park (with guests coming in from as far as USA and Canada) and other National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of Assam and other prominent tourist destinations of North East India. But with the onset of December the scenario changed completely. The introduction of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha (to be passed into an act later) saw a huge uproar across Assam and North East India as well and protests were seen across the State thereby the Government was bound to declare a state of curfew across the state and this brought tourism to a standstill. With tourists fearing to visit North East India due to this unrest, the National parks of Assam suffered a severe decline in the no of tourist footfalls in the peak travel season of December and January as many tourists deferred or cancelled their visit to Kaziranga ain these two prime months of the tourist season leading to revenue losses to the tune of around INR 1000 crores to the state government.
Not only the Government but the hotel owners, taxi operators, safari operators, tour operators everyone had to bear the brunt for this. Gradually towards the end of January the tourist footfall started to pace up and when everything seemed to come to normal the clash between the tribal and non-tribal people in Meghalaya especially at Cherrapunji and Shillong made another setback to the tourist industry in North East India. As most tourist club their visit to Kaziranga along with destinations in Meghalaya like Shillong, Cherrapunji, Mawlynnong and Dawki felt it to be unsafe to travel during this time and cancelled their visit. The tip of the iceberg was the Coronavirus (COVID 19) that brought the entire tourism industry across the world to a standstill. The effects of COVID 19 were felt across the World with the economy of the superpowers falling to devastation and one industry that was hit hard was travel and tourism. With several prominent airlines declaring bankruptcy the situation seemed similar to tourism and the brunt at Kaziranga National Park was huge as 90% of the population depends on tourism for their livelihood. The workforce was laid off and the safari owners now even resorted to farming to make ends meet. With the situation around the World the tourism scenarios bouncing back at Kaziranga National park seem bleak. Hoping for the best!!
Rhino Poached in Kaziranga National Park
May 10th, 2020
What comes as sad news for the UNESCO World Heritage site after duration of 13 months is that an adult rhino was killed and its horn chopped off my miscreants at the Agoratoli range of Kaziranga National Park. In lieu of the nationwide lockdown (due of COVID 19) that bought sad news to the entire tourism sector of Kaziranga National Park, the poaching of this prized animal comes as tragic news. With strict security measures in place under the able leadership of the Hon Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal and the forest authorities of Kaziranga, no news of poaching was reported for the past 13 months here at Kaziranga National Park but this incident has again brought the authorities under high alert at Kaziranga. The carcass of the adult rhino was discovered by the hard working forest guards of Kaziranga near the Dormari Beel at the Agoratoli range of Kaziranga. The forest guards also recovered 8 rounds of AK 47 rifle near the area as well. A detailed report has been sought by the government who are already under much of pressure due to the spread of COVID 19 and also the African Swine Flu that has killed over 13,000 pigs across Assam. High level enquiry is underway to identify and nab the culprits behind this heinous act of poaching. Poaching of rhinos for its prized horn was rampant by poachers in Kaziranga but authorities managed to bring this number down to only 3 in 2019.
Tigress found dead in Kaziranga National Park
April 17, 2020
There was sad news from the Kaziranga Tiger Reserve (home to 121 Royal Bengal Tigers) as the authorities recovered the carcass of an adult tigress from the Kohora rage of the park. Forest guards of Kaziranga National Park who were out on patrolling recovered the body and it was taken for a detailed post mortem in front of the Director of Kaziranga National Park and reputed veterinarians of the park. Thankfully after the post mortem was performed it was found that the tiger had died of old age and fighting with another tigress and it was not a case of poaching. There were scar marks on the body of the tigress indicating that it was injured in a fight with another animal of the same species. The tiger’s body has been buried properly and authorities have taken adequate measures to look out for the wellbeing of the tiger population here at Kaziranga National Park.
African Swine Flu fever worries authorities of Kaziranga National Park
May 05, 2020
The deadly African Swine Flu has claimed lives of 13,000 pigs across Assam and it has become a matter of grave concern for authorities of Kaziranga National Park as the park has a huge population of wild boars. Any infected animal from the nearby villages could create a havoc by spreading the disease and hence the concerned Ministry has directed the authorities of Kaziranga National Park to dig a trench (6 feet deep and 2 km long) to prevent this from happening and safeguarding the population of wild boars here at Kaziranga National Park.
Noted English cricketer at Kaziranga National Park in Assam to promote awareness of Rhino conservation
March 04, 2020
Former captain of the English cricket team Kevin Pieterson who retired from cricket now has actively initiated a group working towards Rhino conservation efforts. The renowned cricketer arrived in Assam along with a group of professional Australian photographers to shoot a documentary on the active conservation efforts of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros species. Pieterson will also participate in the Kaziranga Utsaav that is scheduled to begin from March 12th which was earlier scheduled to be held on Jan 5th but had to be called off due t the CAA protests across Assam, Pieterson was seen taking Jeep safaris into the Kaziranga National Park interiors and interacting with the forest authorities and local people of Kaziranga National PArk.
Female rhinoceros trans-located from Kaziranga National Park to Manas National Park
March 02, 2020 ~ Source: ANI News
In a bid to boost the rhinoceros population at the second UNESCO World heritage site of Assam viz. Manas National Park, two adult female rhinos were translocated from Kaziranga National Park to Manas. This step comes as a part of the India Rhino Vision programme as stated by Hon. Forest Minister of Assam Parimal Suklabaidya. Manas National Park which had been an area disturbed by militancy many years ago has now earned a repute of being a famous tourist destination of Assam for its varied wildlife population and as a place that didn’t have a single population of rhino now boasts of a healthy number of 43 rhinos.
Assam Police recovers arms near Kaziranga National Park
Feb 20, 2020 ~ Source: Shillong times
In a major break through, Assam police were successful in recovering arms from a culvert near the Kaziranga National Park that is suspected to be used for poaching related activities here. A youth from Nagaon alias Robi Ali has been arrested in this connection. Assam Police from Nagaon apprehended Ali with a rifle, two rounds of live ammunition and other objectionable arms that was dismantled and kept under a culvert tactically so that these parts could be easily carried inside the forest reserves of Kaziranga National Park. Interrogation is being carried out and hopefully more culprits associated with this acr will be put behind bars soon.
Rhino poachers carrying arms nabbed near Kaziranga National Park
November 29, 2019 ~ Source: India Today
Two rhino poachers bearing arms were nabbed in an operation by the joint team of Biswanath district police and Biswanath Wildlife Division of Assam. The accused are believed to have entered the park with arms to poach and carry away the horn of a rhinoceros. Identified as Ayub Babi and Imran Ali, the two accused were picked up by Assam police at the Balidubi Chapori under Biswanath Wildlife Division. Also recently four most wanted Rhino poachers were also arrested by the officials of the Biswanath Wildlife Division at teh Baihata area here in Assam.
Kaziranga Utsav to begin from January 5th, 2020
A three day long tourism festival is scheduled to be held at Kaziranga National Park from jan 5th to Jan 7th in 2010 to promote tourism across the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hon. Agriculture Minister of Assam, Mr Atul Bora inaugurated the logo of the festival at an event. With an aim to promote and harness the tourism potential of Kaziranga National Park, the festival will be organized by the state forest department and agricultural department. Various events like cultural functions, food fests and art competition are scheduled to be hoisted on the course of these 3 days and the minister has announced to leave no stone unturned to boost Kaziranga National Park as a global tourism destination for both Indian and Foreign tourists.
Around 50 rhino poachers nabbed in Kaziranga National Park this year
December 1st, 2019: Source: Times of India
Strict vigilance and alertness by the officials of the forest division of Kaziranga National Park and Assam Police has been successful in nabbing 50 deadly rhino poachers in and around Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Almost 43 members have been arrested from the Biswanath Wildlife Division alone that happens to be the 6th addition of the Kaziranga National Park. These notorious poachers made their activity more during the dry seasons as the park becomes more visible and accessible by foot as well. Rhinos become more vulnerable to poaching activities during full moon nights as their skin is often covered with mud and the body armour shines with the moonlight. With strict vigilance the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park has been successful in bringing down the poaching numbers to half this year compared to previous year.
Massive protests across Assam due to the Citizenship Amendment Bill proves as a cloud on Kaziranga National Park
Massive protests have been reported across Assam due to the issue of the ongoing Citizenship Amendment Bill that is being approved by the Union Government and is scheduled to be introduced in both the houses of the Parliament. People of Assam mostly the student unions have shown their disapproval for the passage of these bills and demanded it to be scrapped thereby organizing protests across the state. This has resulted in the tourist cancelling their visit to the state at the end moment and the business has gone down at teh National parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries and both the Hotels and Safari operators are facing the brunt. Not only at Kaziranga National Park but the other National Parks at Manas and Nameri are also facing the same situation along with the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary where the footfall of tourists have gone down considerable due to these protests compared to the same time last year.
Kaziranga National Park reopens for tourists for Season 2019 -20
Kaziranga National Park reopened for tourists for the upcoming season by the Hon Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal on October 12th, 2019. The Chief Minister declared the Kohora and Bagori safari ranges of the ark open for the tourists at a function held at the Bagori and Mihimukh on Saturday. He also stated that Kaziranga National Park having earned the distinction of being one among the 17 most iconic places to be visited in India is a proud moment for every person in Assam. He also announced that the State Government has taken various steps for the beautification, conservation and development of Kaziranga National Park. He also mentioned that to protect the animal habitat of Kaziranga National Park a 32 km long flyover will be constructed. The Hon Chief Minister also praised the efforts of the park authorities, local people in bringing down the poaching related activities around the area of the Kaziranga National Park especially of its flagship species – the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros.
Assam approves Kaziranga Eco sensitive proposal and sends it to Center
September 18, 2019 ~ Source: The Hindustan Times
As per the guidelines of the Hon. Supreme Court of India, the Government of Assam has approved a draft proposal for an Eco sensitive zone to be setup around Kaziranga National Park. This has been proposed to preserve the wildlife of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga and prevent environment degradation activities like mining and construction of Resorts and hotels in the sensitive zone of the Kaziranga National Park boundary from 0 to 2 km while the guidelines was for a 10 km radius.
World Rhino Day celebrated in Kaziranga National Park
September 22, 2019 ~ Source: The Sentinel
Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the highest population of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros celebrated the World Rhino day with great pomp and festivities. The celebrations were observed at the Bokakahat Natya mandir and was flagged off by the Director of Kaziranga National Park – P Shivakumar. Almost 500 people attended this function that was inaugurated by State Minister for Agriculture Atul Bora who laid emphasis on the role of the local people at eh nearby area of Kaziranga National Park who have helped immensely in the conservation activities of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros due to which the number of this species have risen in Kaziranga National Park over the years to a substantial number.
Center Planning to build flyover at NH 37 crossing the animal corridor at Kaziranga National Park
September 10, 2019 ~ Source: Steelguru
In order to provide a safe passage for the animals of Kaziranga National Park especially during the monsoon, the center has proposed for the construction of a 35 km long flyover divided into 3 segments that will be the longest in India. Assam forest minister Mr. Parimal Suklabiadya has updated the press that the NHAI is preparing a detailed project report for the construction of this flyover here at Kaziranga National Park and this would aid in the protection of the animals from being hit by vehicles once they are crossing the highway.
12 rounds of ammunition recovered near Kaziranga National Park
September 2019 ~ Source: The Sentinel
Forest guards and police under the jurisdiction of Kaziranga National Park were shocked to find 12 rounds of live ammunition of .303 rifle near Kaziranga National Park. The discovery was made by a local girl who went to take bath at the nearby Mora Diphlu river near the Kohora range of Kaziranga National Park. She was frightened to see the bag and brought this to the notice of the authorities of Kaziranga National Park who recovered the ammunition wrapped up in a bag. As per initial reports the police personnel believe that the ammunition must have been brought by the poachers at Kaziranga National Park but upon witnessing the strict vigilance activities by the brave forest guards of Kaziranga they got scared and threw the bag into the river to avoid getting caught. A case had been registered and investigations are on to find out the culprits who were carrying these ammunition rounds.
Restrictions on vehicular traffic imposed as Flood waters submerge 90% of Kaziranga National Park
July 17, 2019
As the flood situation of Assam has worsened major districts in the State have come under the flood waters affecting the lives of lakhs of people. While efforts to save and evacuate human life continues across Assam major sad news is also reported from Kaziranga National Park as around 90% of the more than 400 sq km area of this UNESCO World Heritage Site have now been submerged causing havoc to animal life. Though efforts were taken by the Kaziranga National Park authorities to minimize the effect of floods on the lives of the animals here by the complete repair of the 200 highlands to accommodate and provide shelter to the animals this did not prove enough to save the lives of 30 animals who have died until today. Some of the animal species that have died are 3 Indian One Horned Rhinoceros, 1 Elephant, 8 Hog deers and a Sambar deer. The Deers were killed in collision with speeding vehicles along NH 37. Though time cards were issued to vehicles not to cross the 40 km/hr speed mark while crossing the highway stretch across Kaziranga National Park and animals can safely cross the highway to move to the adjoining highlands of Karbi Anglong in Assam still these deaths were reported. With the flood waters submerging the National Highway along NH 37 the vehicular movement of traffic was completely halted on Monday and tuesday and have resumed services today. The water levels have started to reduce now and better weather is expected to bring an end to this natural disaster in Assam
Authorities prepare to face annual floods at Kaziranga National Park
July 13, 2019: Source ~ nenow.in
As floods in Assam continue to take a toll across the State the major rivers are running dangerously above the safe levels. Kaziranga National Park authority have geared up to tackle the flood situation. As per Kaziranga National Park director, the flood waters are expected to reach Kaziranga National Park tomorrow and the entire staff have been alerted to keep vigil and how to tackle the flood situation. The Kaziranga National Park officials have finished repairs of the 200 highlands inside the park to serve as safe grounds for the animals. Also the local villagers of the vicinity have also been trained on how o tackle the flood situation.
Kaziranga National Park among 17 sites in India to be developed as iconic world Class Tourism Destinations
July 8, 2019: Source ~ nenow.in
Good news comes to people of Assam as the Hon. Finance Minister of India Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman declared in the budget speech that 17 iconic tourism sites in India would be developed as World Class Tourism destinations. This would help in attracting more numbers of domestic and foreign tourists to these sites. A budget of INR 1378 crores has been allocated for development of tourism infrastructure across the country. Kaziranga National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site has been included in this list that also comprises of the Taj Mahal, Hampi, ajanta and Ellora Caves, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Khajuraho, etc.
Poaching bid foiled in Kaziranga National Park
July 7, 2019: Source ~ Deccan Herald
The Special Rhino Protection Force at Kaziranga National Park and the forest authority of Kaziranga ere successful in spoiling a poaching bid hatched by a veteran Rhino poacher and four others here at Kaziranga National Park. The officials nabbed Arfan Ali and a sharp shooter from nagaland at 9 PM near Borgang in North Assam’s Biswanath district. There were involved with a local poacher gang whose members have been identified as Mintu Hazarika, Tunmoni saikia and Puniram Das. All the members were arrested but another veteran poacher who was carrying the equipments to kill the rhinos had fled. This news comes a week after an 82 member special task force was deployed to prevent poaching in Kaziranga National park.
Kaziranga National Park records drop in poaching but threat still looms
July 3rd, 2019: Source ~ Times of India
As per reports Kaziranga National Park has seen a decline in rhino poaching cases in the last 2 years. In 2017-18 7 rhinos were poached and during 2018-19 6 rhinos were poached. Current year 2019-20 only one incident of rhino poaching was reported while in 2016-17 alone 12 cases of rhino poaching was reported. The success in reduction of poaching incidents is attributed to the ever vigil forest department of Kaziranga National Park along with the police forces and the support of the local people of Kaziranga.
3 Rhino poachers arrested in Kaziranga National Park
May 30, 2019
3 ferocious poachers have been arrested by Kaziranga National Park Authority in association with Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and Police in connection with the poaching of a rhino at Bagori on the evening of May 30, 2019.
One rifle and four rounds of ammunition were also recovered from the poachers yesterday evening at the Bagori range of Kaziranga National Park and the poachers have been sent to custody. Forest personnel are interrogating the poachers to get as much details as possible from them.
NRL facilitates insurance cover for staff at Kaziranga National Park
May 27, 2019: Source ~ Newsd
The forest guards of Kaziranga National Park who are the front line defence against poachers and who often are prone to attacks by the wild animals of Kaziranga National Park are now covered under an insurance scheme courtesy of the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL). The MD of NRl, Mr S K Barua handed over this group personal accident insurance policy to the Director of Kaziranga National Park Mr. P Sivakumar in a formal ceremony. This policy cover would provide a sum of INR 5 lakh per insured person/nominee against death/bodily injury resulting from an accident caused by external violence and the cover is extended to over 1,129 forest guards of Kaziranga National Park.
Kaziranga National Park to close on May 16, 2019 ahead of monsoons
In an official document sent by the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO Kaziranga Division) Rohini Ballav Saikia the circulation states that Kaziranga National Park will be closed from may 16, 2019 for tourists keeping in mind the monsoon season ahead. Jeep Safari into the interiors of Kaziranga National Park at Kohora, Bagori, Agoratoli and Burapahar ranges would close from May 16, 2019. Elephant Safari ride into the park was closed on May 1st, 2019.
Rhino poacher escapes from lock up in Kaziranga National Park
May 15, 2019: Source ~ The Hindu
in an incident reported here at the Bagori Forest Division of Kaziranga National Park, an alleged rhino poacher who was arrested at Jakhalabandha four days ago (may 9th) earlier escaped from the lock up os the Bagori forest division. The man identified as Akhter Ali had gone to the toilet and during this time he gave the guards a slip. The police authorities have been notified and a man hunt in on to nab the poacher.
Steps in place to protect Kaziranga National Park animals from floods
May 14, 2019: Source ~ the Hindustan Times
The management and park authorities of Kaziranga National Park are busy with preparations for the upcoming monsoon season to cope up with the heavy rainfall and floods that leads to the loss of animal life. Adequate steps are being taken to avoid the loss of animal life by creating artificial (33 nos) highlands where the animals can take refuge when the flood water submerges the park each year.
In 2017, the monsoon floods inundated around 85% of Kaziranga National Park leading to the loss of lives of 400 animals including 31 rhinos. The death toll in 20-18 was lesser as rainfall recorded was less. On Sunday, the Hon. Chief Minister of Assam toured and took stock of the measures adopted by the authorities to cope with the monsoon season. He tweeted out saying “Highlands inside the park act as safe grounds for animals during floods. Inspected a highland ans urged officials to ensure availability of food stocks and vets there.”
Infighting kills tiger in Kaziranga National Park
May 09, 2019: Source ~ The Hindustan Times
In an unfortunate incident, a male Royal Bengal Tiger aged around 12 years died in Kaziranga National Park following a fight with anther tiger, The animal is suspected to have died 2 weeks ago and its decomposed body was found in the Kohora range of Kaziranga National Park.
The Director of Kaziranga National Park has confirmed the death of the Tiger. The post mortem report conducted on the carcass of the tiger has confirmed the death due to infighting. Earlier in February 2019 another tiger death was reported from Kaziranga National Park and the tiger is believed to have died of natural causes.
Kaziranga National Park in being home ot the highest population of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros species also has a healthy population of 104 Tigers as well in addition to varied other animals species.
State Government instructs authorities at Kaziranga National Park to step up vigil and prepare for the monsoon season
With the recent poaching a One Horned Rhinoceros at the Agoratoli range of Kaziranga National Park after a period of thirteen months, a high level meeting was conducted between the Hon. Chief Minister of Assam and the authorities of Kaziranga National Park to review the situation. With tourism activities at Kaziranga National Park coming to a grinding halt due to the spread of COVID19 and also due to the approaching monsoon season (Kaziranga National Park closes for visitors by mid-May) poachers are finding it easy to find their way into the forest interiors of Kaziranga National park and give objective to their heinous crime. The adult Rhino’s carcass was recovered with its horn chopped off telling it to be a clear case of poaching. The Hon CM of Assam directed the authorities to step up vigil and initiate action to identify and nab the culprits who committed this crime with information from their sources. Also with the upcoming monsoon season when the flood water inundates the park, the CM instructed the inspection of highlands that were built and directed the officials of Kaziranga National Park to ensure complete safety of animals at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Centre instructs State government to monitor the construction of highlands and movement of heavy vehicles along the highway at Kaziranga National Park
The Union Forest Ministry has directed the State government of Assam to monitor the building of artificial highlands at Kaziranga National Park so that animals can find high grounds to reside when the park gets inundated by flood waters. The monsoons at Kaziranga are very severe and as many rivers confluence here their waters frown many animals during the floods. Though many animals are able to migrate to the highlands of the Karbi Anglong hills, some are not so fortunate and have to find some place inside the premises mostly the rhinoceros species. The centre also directed the state government to keep a strict speed monitoring system along the highway that runs across Kaziranga and sees movement of heavy trucks and busses. The speed limit enforcement is needed as these vehicles mostly ply at night with low visibility and this is the time the animals cross the highway towards the highlands of Karbi Anglong. The centre has advised the state to take advantage on technology at their disposal to monitor the speed of such vehicles so that they have ample reactance to stop in case they see animal herds crossing the road.
First time ever, Indian One Horned Rhinoceros calf born by artificial insemination at Miami Zoo
April 25, 2019: Source ~ theguwahatitimes.info
The Miami Zoo at Florida in USA has some great news for all Indian One Horned Rhinoceros lovers. The zoo is celebrating the birth of its first baby rhinoceros. This baby was born to Akruti a 7 year old female rhinoceros on Tuesday at 12.30 AM. This is a first time that a successful birth of this species is being recorded with artificial insemination and induced ovulation. Veterinary doctors are continuously monitoring the health and well being of the baby rhinoceros and its mother. This is major news as this endangered species is continuously poached for its horn and around the World a total of only 35600 remain. Assam is home to the highest population of these Rhino species with a majority of the population being at Kaziranga National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Hon. Supreme Court of India bans mining activities in Kaziranga National Park
April 15, 2019: Source ~ dnaindia.com
What comes as a great news to the authorities of Kaziranga National Park and the people of Assam as well, the Hon. Supreme Court of India has banned all mining and stone quarrying operations along Kaziranga National Park and catchment areas of rivers originating in Karbi Anglong in Assam. The Hon. Court has directed no new construction to be permitted in private lands that form a part of the nine identified animal corridors as well. This was very much needed to save the animal habitat of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the efforts of animal activist Rohit Choudhury who has been continuously working on preserving the landscapes and surroundings of Kaziranga National Park has come to bear its fruit.
Rhino Caracas recovered from Kaziranga National Park
April 19, 2019: Source ~ zeenewsindia.com
In yet another unfortunate incident reported from the Biswanath Chariali forest division (the sixth addition) of Kaziranga National Park, the carcass of an adult female rhinoceros with its horn chopped off. As per the DFO of the Biswanath Chariali division of Kaziranga National Park, the poachers must have killed the rhino about a week ago. This unfortunate incident is the second report of a rhino being poached here in Kaziranga National Park for its prized horn as earlier this year on February 16th, 2019 another male rhino was killed by suspected poachers for its prized horn.
Fierce Gun Battle reported in Kaziranga National Park
March 16, 2019: Source ~ the Sentinel Assam
In an incident reported from Kaziranga National Park, a fierce gun battle broke out between the forest guards and suspected Rhino poachers at the Gohpur addition of Kaziranga National Park. As reported, forest guards had followed a lead on suspected poaching activity here and set up a trap to nab the poachers. But the poachers got aware and they retaliated with gunfire as well. Both the sides reported heavy firing however no casualties were reported as of yet. The forest officials of Kaziranga National Park were able to recover three live rounds of cartridge and other objectionable items from the spot after the poachers fled. Meanwhile, operations continued against the poachers to nab them at the Jobora Chapori and Gopal Jomoca areas.
Man injured in Rhino attack in Kaziranga National Park
February 22, 2019: Source ~ nenow.in
In an unfortunate incident reported at the Central range of Kaziranga National Park, a man identified as Dipak Goala was seriously injured when an adult rhinoceros charged and attacked him. Dipak had entered the Kaziranga National Park premises without the knowledge of the forest officials for his morning routine. The adult female rhinoceros who was with her calves took Dipak as a threat and therefore charged and attacked him leaving him seriously injured. The victim was later admitted to the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) for treatment.
Such man animal conflicts are reported sometimes in Kaziranga National Park. Earlier in January 2018 a man identified as Dhunda Bhumji was attached and killed by a rhinoceros. Sometime news of forest guards patrolling inside the forest reserves of Kaziranga National Park being attacked by rhinoceros have also been reported.
Rhinos raised in Kaziranga’s Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation find new home at Manas National Park
January 23, 2019: Source ~ the Hindu
Two young Rhinos who were only a few months old when the floods in August 2016 displaced them are now grown up and have found a new home at Manas National Park in Assam. These young calf grew up at the Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) at Kaziranga National Park and were fed with milk bottles during their young years. Now these calves one male and another female have grown up and after two and half years are ready to go into the wild. These rhinos were transported in an enclosed vehicle to Manas National Park from Kaziranga National Park and will be first acclimatized with the surroundings of Manas National Park before being released in the wild. Manas National Park now has a population of around 38 Rhinos.
Kaziranga gets better connected with West Bengal via new train service – to aid in boosting tourism
January 01, 2019: Source ~ Times of India
In a much needed step, Minister of State for Railways, Mr. Rajen Gohain flagged off the first ever Kolkata – Silghat express that would have stoppages at Amoni (43 km from Kaziranga) and Jakhalabandha (19 km from Kaziranga). This will be a weekly train connecting Silghat to Kolkata via Kaziranga National Park outskirts and would allow tourists to directly come over to Kaziranga National Park without having to get down and change trains at Guwahati railway station. This new train will have 1 AC 2 tier, 4 AC 3 tier, 8 sleeper and 4 general class coaches for the comfort of the travellers to Kaziranga National Park. The minister expressed his interest of connecting Kaziranga National Park to New Delhi and South India at a later stage as well.
Rare turtle species released in the waters of the Diphlu river in Kaziranga National Park
December 26, 2018: Source ~ GPlus
Being home to 20 out of 28 species of tortoises and freshwater turtles in India, Assam is a state to watch out for these endangered species. But over the years, the numbers of these tortoises and turtles have declined considerably due to hunting and efficient conservation measures have saved these species from extinction. Help foundation, an NGO working towards effective conservation of these species had found a way to keep their numbers alive by introducing these species across the ponds of 15 temples of Assam.
One among these Temples is the Hayagriva Madhava temple at Hajo that along with the NGO has been successful in breeding the very rare black softshell turtle species. However these species are completely extinct in the wild and so the Temple management along with the NGO have taken an initiative to release them into the wild in the protected areas of the Diphlu river flowing across Kaziranga National Park.
Seven Poachers arrested in Kaziranga National Park possessing tiger skin and bones
December 30, 2018: Source ~ Times of India
As per reports, 7 people were arrested at Kaziranga National Park today with tiger skin and bones which they had intended to sell to some smugglers. The group of 7 poachers were on their way to Nagaon when they were intercepted by the forest department personnel of Kaziranga National Park along with the police. The poachers confessed to their crime of killing a tiger in the forests of Karbi Anglong a few months ago and wanted to sell the tiger skin and bones to smugglers for a hefty price. This arrest comes as a good news towards the conservation story here at Kaziranga National Park.
Kaziranga National Park security to be enhanced following poaching of another Rhino
December 20, 2018: Source ~ Times of India
Following the incident of poaching of an adult male rhinoceros on December 16, 2018 at the Bhalukjan area of the Bagori safari range of Kaziranga National Park, the Forest and Environment minister of Assam Mr. Parimal Suklabaidya visited Kaziranga and informed the security of the park will be further enhanced. The minister informed the media that the poacher had disguised themselves as tourists and entered Kaziranga National Park and carried out this heinous act of poaching the animal and escaping with its prized horn. The carcass of the adult male rhino was first spotted by a tourist who had visited the interior of the Bagori range of Kaziranga National Park on an Elephant ride. The Honorable Minister informed that the manpower of the guards at Kaziranga National Park will be enhanced significantly to control such actions in the future.
Staff of Kaziranga National Park get training on Wildlife crime handling
December 22, 2018: Source ~ theshillongtimes.com
The Department of Forests (Govt. of Assam Biswanath Wildlife Division) in support of International Rhino Foundation and NGO Aranyak have started a 3 day training program with the wildlife staff to help them deal efficiently with wildlife related crime here at the Biswanath Wildlife Division of Kaziranga National Park. The training was conducted for the frontline staff of the rhino area of Assam and is supported by the Oak foundation.
Waterfowl survey conducted in Kaziranga National Park
December 22, 2018: Source ~ The Hindu
In a first time, Kaziranga National Park authorities have conducted a survey of the population of waterfowls of Kaziranga National Park which are very crucial for the wetland dominated ecosystem of the world. This important survey was carried out by a team of bird watchers and forest guards who covered the eastern, western and central ranges of the Kaziranga National Park and were successful in counting 10,412 birds from over 80 species and 21 families.
“Kaziranga Ballad” – Dilip Chandan’s new book released
November 10,2018: Source ~ The Shillong Times
From the author of Majuli and ‘Janosa Pahori Gola’ comes another very interesting novel titled as the ‘Kaziranga Ballad’. Through this book, Dilip Chandan has tried to narrate the various different aspects of life here in Kaziranga National Park from its diverse wildlife, the problem of poaching here at Kaziranga National Park, the people living around Kaziranga, their life, their culture, their problems, the tough life of the forest guards of Kaziranga National Park, natural calamities that affect Kaziranga National Park like the annual floods, etc.
Through this novel, the author has tried to highlight to the people the various problems here at Kaziranga National Park and how the park authorities fight thee challenges everyday to make Kaziranga an attractive and world renowned tourist destination with a great conservation story behind it that makes it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The story unfolds by the narration of a few friends wanting to construct a new resort here in Kaziranga National Park. In the course of the narration of the discourse, various stories of the problems of Kaziranga National park unfold like rhino poaching, illegal encroachment of forest land, problems of the local people, wild animal attacks and attacks on them, natural calamities, etc that in the end culminate into a wonderful story of the wild.
Kaziranga hosts the 5th National Summit on Public Health
October 30th, 2018: Source ~ newonair
Kaziranga National Park hosted the 5th National Summit on Good and Replicable practices and innovations in public healthcare system in India today. In a press conference held here at Kaziranga National Park, the Union Health Minister J P Nadda spoke about the various aspects of all round public health and its improvement. The objective of this summit in Kaziranga National Park was to learn and also share the good practices adopted and implemented by various state and national health agencies and how to work towards the betterment of health services in the country. Various delegates like senior officers, public health experts attended this summit at Kaziranga National Park in Assam.
BBC regrets its documentary on anti poaching strategy of Kaziranga National Park
November 8, 2018: Source ~ Sentinel Assam
The BBC’s documentary on Kaziranga National Park that had shown its anti poaching measures in poor light around 2 years back had a very adverse effect on the park. Kaziranga National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site i often acclaimed to be the greatest conservation story of the 20th century. But the documentary showed tee effort of anti-poaching measure in poor light thereby impacting the flow of tourists especially from abroad here at Kaziranga National Park.
Various sections of the society and mostly the ‘Internet warriors’ started hitting out at the Park authorities of Kaziranga National Park stating that the methods of anti poaching adopted by them were a sheer violation of human rights without looking deeper into the various efforts put across over many years to protect the flagship species of Kaziranga National Park – the endangered One Horned Rhinoceros along with other animal species as well. People considered the BBC’s documentary to be the sole truth and an International organization ‘Survival International’ even launched a worldwide campaign to boycott Kaziranga National Park which however did not turn out to be successful.
With the widespread criticism, the Park Authorities, the Government and the Union Government immediately sprung to action and after analyzing the pros and cons of the documentary declared it as a ‘Project negative, malicious and sensational portrayal’ of India’s conservation success story at Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve and the documentary did an ‘irreparable danger to the country’s reputation’ as a whole. It was evident that BBC had a definite hidden agenda behind making this documentary and the reality is that the west cannot accept the fact that a country like India could manage a National Park like Kaziranga thereby earning global reputation. The Union Government banned BBC from filming in any of the nation’s National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries for a period of 5 years.
The BBC has finally accepted its mistake and tendered a letter of apology to the Government of India and also apologized for not approaching the authorities earlier a well.
Assam Chief Minister lays foundation stone for Kaziranga project for Flood and Erosion control
October 31, 2018: Source ~ Sentinel Assam
The Honorable Chief Minister of Assam Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal laid the foundation stone for the Kaziranga Sub Project for flood and erosion control at Bokakhat in Golaghat district of Assam today. At a financial outlay of INR 62 crores, this project has been funded by the Asian Development Bank with a primary motive of protecting the local people and the vast stretches of agricultural lands here at Kaziranga National Park and also to protect the wildlife. Every year floods are a major concern at Kaziranga National Park and various measures are being adopted in minimizing the effects of floods and the consequent erosion that follows.
The Chief Minister also laid stress on peace, harmony and progress in the State and urged people to adopt the various welfare schemes promoted by the State Government to boost the agriculture of the State.
Kaziranga National Park to be connected by National Rail Network
November 1, 2018: Source ~ GPlus
Union Minister of Railway, Mr. Rajen Gohain expressed interest towards connecting Kaziranga National Park to the National Rail Network as an effort to boost tourism here at Kaziranga National Park. The Union Minister rendered this important news during the occasion of the laying the foundation stone ceremony of electrification of the rail network between Guwahati and Lumding.
The minister spoke that the Government was looking to connect Kaziranga National Park to the National Rail Network that would serve as a major and much needed boost to tourism in the State. He also stated the upgradation works would be taken at the Jakhalabandha and Silghat railway stations that are very near to Kaziranga National Park.
Model Hospital inaugurated at Kohora in Kaziranga National Park
October 13, 2018: Source ~ Sentinel Assam
A model hospital was inaugurated today at the Kohora area of Kaziranga National Park by the Honorable Health Minister of Assam Dr. Himanta Biswas Sharma. Named as the Kohora Model Hospital, this is dedicated to the freedom fighter of Assam Beja Baishnab. Also, the foundation stone for another hospital at Bokakhat called as the Kushal Konwar hospital dedicated to freedom fighter Kamala Miri wa laid. The Minister said that the hospital at Kohora will serve the local people as well as the tourists to Kaziranga and the forest guards of Kaziranga National Park.
Stray Rhinos from Kaziranga National Park create panic among in the villages of Lakhimpur
October 30, 2018
Two male Rhinoceros have strayed out of the protected area of Kaziranga National Park and are now creating a panic among the villagers of the nearby villages at Lakhimpur. Forest officials have tried to chase the rhino back into the area of Kaziranga National Park but have not been successful. One rhino presently is at the Dhenu Chapori in Majuli district while the other is at Jamuguri Chapori in Lakhimpur district. One of these rhinos attacked a forest ranger and injured him and also two domestic buffaloes have lost their live in an attack by the stray rhinos of Kaziranga National Park. These rhinos have now become susceptible to poachers and the forest officials of Kaziranga National Park are trying their best to return them to the natural habitat in the protected reserves of Kaziranga National Park.
Kaziranga National Park – a Conservation educational project has been launched
October 29, 2018: Source ~ Sentinel Assam
The Corbett Foundation that has been actively working at Kaziranga National Park since 2013 towards the conservation of man and wildlife has recently launched a conservation educational program here at Kaziranga. Funded by Mr. Hem Chandra Mahindra, this program has identified 32 villages around Kaziranga National Park where various awareness programs like mitigation of human animal conflicts, preparation for floods, reducing wildlife poaching and killing, disease control in wild animals will be undertaken.
This program was launched in front of National media, teachers and locals and will have a dedicated team with patrol vehicles and various educational tools to create awareness among the masses.
Kaziranga National Park opens for tourists for season 2018-19
October 12, 2018
After battling a bitter monsoon from June to mid September, Kaziranga National Park has finally opened up for the coming tourist season 2018-19. The normal practice was to reopen the park on the 1st of November every year. But keeping in mind the festive season, Kaziranga National Park has opened its doors to visitors in the month of October since the last two years. The Kaziranga National Park authorities have informed that on October 12th, only the Kohora and Bagori safari ranges will be opened to tourists for the first 8 km stretch as the repair of roads and bridges deeper inside the forest reserves of Kaziranga National Park are still going on. Both the Safari modes – Jeep and Elephant Safari will be made operational on this day here at Kaziranga National Park.
Kaziranga National Bamboo Park to be inaugurated on October 14, 2018
October 10, 2018: Source: nenow.in
Located inside the area of the Kaziranga National Orchid and Biodiversity Park, a new park has come up to conserve the various bamboo species of North East India. This park has been named as the Kaziranga National Bamboo Park. As per the advisor of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) Mr. Akhil Gogoi, “This Bamboo Park will have around 54 indigenous species of bamboo available in North East India along with a number of cane species.” Some examples of bamboo species are Jaati, Bhuluka, Bijulee, Keko, Lathi Bamboo, etc will be present in the Kaziranga National Bamboo Park. Mr. Gogoi also informed that the bamboo species from other States of North East India like Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Meghalaya have also been planted in the Park along with species from Assam.
The Kaziranga Bamboo Park is located inside the area of the Kaziranga National Orchid and Biodiversity Park and covers an area of around 2 and half bighas of land. Thee bamboos were planted around 3 years back and are have now grown up. Mr. Gogoi also informed that another museum that would preserve the antiques of various tribal communities of Assam would also come up here. This museum will be named as the Assam National Museum. This place would have a collection of different costumes, fishing equipments, war weapons and other items used by the indigenous tribes of Assam.
Indian Cricket Team Vice Captain bats for Rhino Conservation
October 21st, 2018: Source ~ the Telegraph
Indian Cricket Team Vice Captain and WWF India brand ambassador for Rhino conservation, Rohit Sharma has informed that he will adopt every possible measure to spread awareness about conservation and protection of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros specie of Kaziranga National Park.
After scoring a century in his innings against the West Indies and leading his team to victory in Guwahati, Rohit expressed his interest to visit Kaziranga National Park and meet the forest guard here.
His efforts towards conservation of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros species and spreading a message towards its conservation will be a definite boost for to the protection of this species that have been highly susceptive to poaching and having only a population of 3500 of them left in the World across India and Nepal. Kaziranga National Park has the highest population of One Horned Rhinoceros species anywhere in the World!
64th Wildlife Week observed at Kaziranga National Park in Assam
October 5th, 2018: Source ~ Sentinel Assam
Kaziranga National Park along with the rest of the country observed the 64th Wildlife Week from October 2nd to October 8th, 2018. The theme of the 64th Wildlife week here at Kaziranga National Park was ‘Elephant Day’. Through this programme, the officials of Kaziranga National Park tried to create an awareness of the man and animal conflict that frequently occurs at Kaziranga and alo the protection of the flora and fauna of the park. This program was conducted at Mihimukh in the Kohora range of Kaziranga National Park with Dr. Naveen Pandey, the director of Corbett Foundation addressing the gathering with the opening speech. Many higher officials of Kaziranga National Park and students had gathered to celebrate the 64th Wildlife Week here at Kaziranga National Park.
New Car Parking and Drinking Water Facility inaugurated at Kaziranga National Park
October 02, 2018
Courtesy of the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL), a new car parking facility and provision for drinking water facility has been inaugurated at the Bagori Safari range of Kaziranga National Park. NRL ha constructed this project as a part of its CSR activities. This facility was inaugurated on October 02, 2018 to mark the Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It also marked the concluding day of the “Swachata hi Sewa” campaign launched by the Central Government of India. The opening ceremony was graced by the presence of NRL MD Mr. S K Barua, Divisional Forest Officer (Eastern Assam Wildlife Division) Mr. Rohini Ballav Saikia along with senior officials of NRL and Kaziranga National Park forest authority along with 250 member of the Kaziranga National Park Jeep Safari Association.
To reduce poaching activities at Kaziranga National Park Rangers get into offensive mode to execute poachers
September 11, 2018: Source: Sentinel Assam
In an attempt to curb poaching of Rhinoceros and other fauna species at Kaziranga National Park, the Forest rangers deployed at Kaziranga National Park have adopted stringent measures by issuing orders to shoot poachers at sight. This comes as a successful way of protecting the dwindling population of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros who are gunned down by the ruthless poachers for its prized horn.
This new aggressive stance of the forest department guards of Kaziranga National Park has proved to be successful and has reduced the overall poaching incidents here at Kaziranga. This move adopted by the forest guards has instilled fear in the minds of the poachers who now think twice before venturing into the forest reserves of Kaziranga National Park. The results as per the Forest Department of Kaziranga has shown that the number of poachers and rhinos killed have dropped dramatically from 2016.
But along with the success in bringing down the poaching rate of one horned rhinoceros at Kaziranga National Park there has been also collateral damage according to the villagers residing in the villages near the Kaziranga national Park. As per local villager, Kachu Kealing, his only son son who was shot by forest guards of Kaziranga National Park in 2013. He state that his son had a disability and might have ventured into the forest reserves of Kaziranga National Park with the grazing cattle as there are no fences or borders to mark the boundary of the park. The park authorities have a different view on this and state the forest guards had only shot at the boy inside Kaziranga National Park after he had failed to respond to warnings and gunshots fired in the air.
Female Elephant electrocuted near a village of Kaziranga National Park – Forest department files a complaint
September 05, 2018: Source: Yahoo News
In another tragic incident, a pregnant female elephant died after it was electrocuted by a high voltage live wire near the Bongaon village of the Biswanath district in Assam which happened to be a part of the Kaziranga National Park forest reserve just a kilometer away.
The Forest department of Kaziranga National Park lodged a complaint at the local police station against the villagers of the area who they believe have allegedly laid these high voltage wires leading to the death of the elephant. However, the locals say that they did not have any intention of killing the elephant and it so happened that that herd of 50 – 60 wild elephants had wandered into their village in search of food. The forest department of Kaziranga National Park however say that they have already adopted measures to secure crops fields from wandering elephants and the means of laying a live wire was not all necessary.
While electrocution deaths can be both accidental and deliberate a proper post mortem of the deceased elephant can reveal the actual fasts. A detailed post mortem report is awaited to confirm the facts.
Elephant Herds enter the boundary of Numaligarh Refinery Township as local court stays order on demolition of wall obstructing animal corridor path
September 04, 2018: Source: Yahoo News
In an incident that occured on Tuesday, 4th September, 2018 a herd of around 80 wild Elephants entered the premises of the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) across a partially demolished wall. This wall comes along a natural wildlife corridor used by animals moving in and out of Kaziranga National Park. Earlier the Guwahati High Court imposed an order to demolish the wall that built adjacent to the Deopahar Reserve Forest the the Golaghat district of Assam. There was a lot of chaos around the area as people tried to chase away the herd of Elephants. Some wild elephants even charged at the people. This is an example of development that leads to human animal conflict often leading to more damage to the animal life like in May 2015 a wild elephant died of severe hemorrhage after it had hit itself against the wall. Many other incidents have been captured on camera where Elephants tried to cross the wall but in despair. Environmentalists are continuing to work against such developments that cause disruptions to the life of animals at Kaziranga National Park.
Kaziranga National Park to get drones that will stay functional continuously for 5 hours
September 03, 2018: Source: Indian Express
Technology has come again to the rescue. This time it is not for human life but for protection of animal life at the World renowned Kaziranga National Park in Assam. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its population of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros species – the highest in the World! But these majestic creatures often fall prey to the ruthless poachers who hunt them down for their prized horn Even with strict poaching measures in place, the task of protecting the rhinoceros population at Kaziranga National Park becomes a tough challenge as the area covering Kaziranga is huge and many areas are unable to be patrolled on foot by the staff of Kaziranga and poachers find a way in to hunt down these animals.
But there is good news now as Kaziranga National Park has been now able to procure high quality drones that will fly continuously for a period of 4 – 5 hours and transfer high quality footage to the park authorities. These drones are expected to arrive in another two months time and will be deployed across various sections on the park and also at places where monitoring in person becomes challenging. Drones were earlier in operation at Kaziranga National Park since 2013 but these numbers (3) were very less and these drones had the capacity for flying continuously for only 30 minutes at a stretch which was not adequate. Drone operations are critical for protection of animal life at Kaziranga National Park and these drones have helped many a times to protect as well as track animals that have strayed away from the interiors of the Park. In one instance one adult rhinoceros was tracked within half an hour after it had strayed away from the core area of the Kaziranga National Park.
Second Wave of Floods in Assam: Over 225 animals dead in Kaziranga National Park
September 03, 2018: Source: Sentinel Assam
The Second wave of floods have struck Assam and the nearby states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram. In addition to damage of property and loss of human lives, Kaziranga National Park is also bearing the brunt of the floods of Assam. With the earlier reports that worried the officials of Kaziranga National Park not being flooded, the second water has brought sads news to the park officials as over 225 animals have died this year due to floods at Kaziranga National Park. Though floods are necessary at Kaziranga to rejuvenate the ecosystem of the Park, the death of animals always brings sad news to the people of Assam. At present around 70% of the park has been flooded. But goods news in that the flood water is now receding. The pace is slow but will gradually catch up and hopefully the Park will be reopened to tourists as per the scheduled opening date in the first week of October. The flood toll includes the death of 178 hog deers, 15 rhinos, 4 elephants, 1 tiger and more. Apart from the devastating floods here at Kaziranga National Park, 25 districts of Assam have also been flooded affecting the lives of 33 lakh people and damage to homes, public buildings, roads, crops, bridge and much more.
Office of DGP seeks report from Karbi Anglong SP against illegal mining near Kaziranga National Park
August 26, 2018: Source ~ Times of India
Following a complaint lodged by an environmental activist against an illegal stone mining activity within the 10 km radius of Kaziranga National Park, the office of the Director General of Police has asked the office of the Superintendent of Police at Karbi Anglong to probe into this incident. As per a letter issued to the SP Office of Karbi Anglong, it has been instructed to inquire about this issue and take necessary actions as per law.
These illegal mining and quarrying activities in the area of Karbi Anglong proves as a great threat to the ecology and habitat of the animal species of Kaziranga National Park. As per the environment activist, although many written communications have been sent to the offices of the Director of Kaziranga National Park and Divisional Forest Office of Eastern Assam Wildlife Division at Bokakhat, no stringent measures have been adopted to curb these illegal activities. These activities are leading to destruction of the Elephant habitats of Kaziranga National Park along with the other animal corridors around the vicinity of Kaziranga.
Easier this year in April, the National Tiger Conservation Authority had requested the State Government of Assam to ban stone quarrying around the area of Karbi Anglong as these activities are leading to a grave threat to the Wildlife of Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong landscape.
Adult Male Rhinoceros shot dead in Kaziranga National Park by Forest guard in an act of Self defence
August 26, 2018: Source ~ Yahoo news
In an unfortunate incident, forest guards had to gun down an adult male rhinoceros in an act of self defence in the Agoratoli range of Kaziranga National Park. As per reports, the Kaziranga National Park Division Forest Officer (DFO) in a statement said that the adult male rhino ‘attacked’ an eight member patrol party. At first, the forest guards shot in the air to scare the animal away but the rhino continued to chase them and the guards had to fire at the animal in an act of self defence. The adult male rhino died due to the bullet wound in the Agoratoli range of Kaziranga National Park at around 7 PM.
Such incidents have been reported earlier as well as in September 2017, when an adult rhino was shot at by a guard in self defence after the rhino attacked a team of forest official on duty inside the forest reserves of Kaziranga National Park. Also in 2016, an adult rhino was shot after is had attacked some patrolling guards on duty inside the Park.
Kaziranga not completely flooded – Officials remain worried
August 15, 2018: Source ~ Times of India
With rains gradually receding and barely under a month for the monsoon to retreat from Assam a new worry in addition to the poaching on Rhinoceros has started to worry the forest officials of Kaziranga National Park. This year the park has not flooded and this may lead to issues in helping Kaziranga retain its ecology as the waters from the floods helps recharge and revitalize the grasslands of Kaziranga National Park which are requisites of the various herbivore species of the Kaziranga including the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros. The same time last year, Kaziranga National Park had experienced one of the worst floods since 1988 with flood waters covering almost 80% of the area of the park leading to deaths of many animals too. But with no floods inside the reserves of Kaziranga this year, the fresh growth of grasses will get affected and fodder for herbivores will reduce. The floods bring in rich soil deposits that enhance the growth of new grasses here.
New Range added to Kaziranga National Park
August 15, 2018: Source ~ nenow.in
Through a declaration by the State Govt. of Assam, Kaziranga’s inner map ha now been modified and Kaziranga National Park has been brought under the administration of two forest divisions – namely Eastern Assam and Biswanath Wildlife Division. In addition, an additional range named as the Bokokhat range has been added under the already existing Kohora, Bagori, Agoratoli and Burapahar ranges of Kaziranga National Park.
Forest Guard killed after an encounter with a herd of Wild Elephants inside the Forest of Kaziranga National Park:
August 6, 2018
A 54 year old forest guard was killed in an unfortunate incident here at Kaziranga National Park. Ganesh Newar, a staff of the Kaziranga Forest Guard was out on regular patrolling with his team near the Gorpal Forest Camp of Kaziranga National Park. A herd of Wild Elephants attached Ganesh Newar and his team. Although the other forest guards were able to escape away from the raging fury of the Elephant herd, Ganesh Newar was not fortunate enough and was attacked by the Elephants.
Mr. Ganesh was immediately rushed to the nearby hospital nearby the area of Kaziranga National Park but was declared dead on arrival. Survived by his family, Newar hailed from the a village in the Biswanath district of Assam.
Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRLs) petition for wall construction on Elephant Corridor dismissed by National Green Tribunal (NGT):
August 7, 2018 ~ Source: Times of India
The NGT has dismissed NRL’s review of an order that was passed in August 24, 2016 in regards to review of the a boundary wall for Numaligarh’s proposed township. The NGT has ordered demolition of the wall and ordered the proposed township not to come up in this area as it blocks the Elephant Corridor under the Deopahar Reserve Forest near Kaziranga National Park.
This action was taken after a petition was filed by an environmental activist Rohit Choudhury against the building of this boundary wall and extension of this township. NRL however argued that the project had clearance from the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority and this finding was not taken into consideration by the NGT.
In order to avoid danger to Kaziranga National Park, a complete ban on Stone quarrying activities seeked by Bokakhat Subdivision:
July 21, 2018 ~ Source: Times of India
As per the earlier requests, the Bokakhat Subdivision has again seeked the Government to ban all the unscientific stone quarrying operations around Karbi Anglong that is posing a threat to the wildlife of Kaziranga National Park. Damage is sighted as both Kaziranga National Park and Karbi Anglong are a connected landscape and animals keep moving between these two areas. Based on an RTI query by an environmental activist Rohit Choudhury, the officials of the Bokakhat division had earlier written to the Chief Secretary to ban such activities to reduce the environmental impact on the paddy fields as well as the World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park.
Four Rhino Poachers nabbed by Police in Darrang district:
July 21, 2018 ~ Source: Times of India
In fresh news reports, a four member gang of rhino poachers were apprehended by the police in Kachomari Sonari village. These four members including 2 trained sharp shooters from Nagaland were planning to carry on rhino poaching at the Orang National Park in Assam – the mini Kaziranga National Park. Police reports state that these four poachers wanted to take advantage of the monsoon rains and carry out killing of two rhinos for their horn at Orang. While two of these men were trained shooters, the other two were localites who were providing shelter and logistics support. Upon their arrest and further interrogation, the police were able to recover arms and ammunition from the four member gang which they had hid in the nearby locality. This arrest comes as good news for the police of the State who are strengthening their grounds for anti poaching. The Rhinos of the National Park of the State are in continuous threat from these poachers and so far this year six rhinoceros have been killed for their horn.
90 youth appointed as Constables of a Special Task Force for protection of Rhinos:
July 12, 2018
To further strengthen the protection of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros population at the Kaziranga National Park, the State Government of Assam haes taken this unique step of appointing a group of 90 youths from around the villages of Kaziranga National Park to constitute a special Rhino Protection Task Force. The State chief minister Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal handed out the appointment offers at a special gathering in Guwahati city. The Chief Minister said that the protection of Rhinos at Kaziranga National Park is always a keen objective and these members will work in liaison with the security forces of Kaziranga National Park towards a better protection mechanism against poachers an infiltrators.
In order to save Kaziranga National Park, threat to move Supreme Court
July 22, 2018: Source ~ Telegraph India
Rohit Choudhury, an active Assam based rights activist ha written an official letter to the Chief Secretary of Assam stating that he would be compelled to approach the Honorable Supreme Court of India, if no proper steps were adopted to stop the illegal mining near the area of Kaziranga National Park. Rohit Choudhury alleged that there are around 60 illegal stone quarrying mines carrying on operations at the Karbi Anglong district adjoining Kaziranga National Park that is posing as a serious threat to the landscape of Kaziranga and its surroundings.
He has also stated that the government has failed to act along the guidelines of the Supreme Court dated Dec 4, 2006; where any activities within the 10 km range of the protected zone be referred to the standing committee of the National board of wildlife. He also stated that all these quarrying activities are operating illegally against the Supreme Court order thereby carrying a serious threat to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park in Assam.
National Green Tribunal dismisses plea that opposed widening of NH-37 along Kaziranga National Park
July 20, 2018: Source ~ The Shillong Times
An active environmental activist, Mr. Rohit Choudhury has filed a plea in 2013 with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) stating that the expansion of roads along NH-37 would endanger life of wild animals due to heavy traffic flow at Kaziranga National Park. The NGT has however dismissed the plea stating that multiple proceedings of the same issue are going on in various courts across India. NGT chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel stated that the Supreme Court of India wa monitoring this case and certain proceedings were also being carried out at the Guwahati High Court in Assam.
To keep a check on speeding vehicles along the NH-37 at Kaziranga National Park, the State Government of Assam has cleared an allocation of 11 crores to install sensor operated automated traffic barriers along the NH-37 at Kaziranga National Park.
Floods grip North East India – Many affected across 7 districts of Assam:
June 15, 2018
Continuous and incessant downpour over the past 48 hours has created havoc across the North Eastern States with Assam, Manipur and Tripura being the most affected areas. Flash floods in Assam have affected over thousands of people and have rendered many people homeless. The main districts affected by floods in Assam are Hojai, Karbi Anglong West, Karbi Anglong East, Karimganj, Cachar, Hailakandi and Golaghat. Kaziranga National Park lies in the Golaghat district of Assam and is slowly being swiped under the captivity of the floods of Assam. The river Diphlu is being flooded with rainwater that is in turn carrying water into the area of Kohora, Bagori and Agoratoli ranges of Kaziranga National Park. Forest authority are making all necessary arrangements to ensure safety of the animals at Kaziranga National Park to a detailed extent. Highlands have been constructed and regular speed monitoring devices are set up so that speeding vehicles do not mow down animals trying to cross the roads to higher grounds. The rainfall has been quite severe at the very onset this year at Kaziranga National Park and adequate steps are being taken to safeguard the life of animal species at Kaziranga National Park.
First wave of Floods grips Kaziranga National Park:
June 14, 2018
After closing is gates to visitors from June 01, 2018, Kaziranga National Park is getting ready to cope up with the annual fury of the floods of Assam. Every year continuous rainfall across several districts of Assam result in a wave of destruction of floods causing much damage to infrastructure and property. The first wave of floods have started to grip the Bokakhat area near the Kohora range of Kaziranga National Park. Monsoon rains have started to approach Assam and with the continuous downpour since last monday evening viz. June 11, 2018 water from the nearby Karbi Hills have started descending down to the low lying areas of the villages near Bokakhat flooding the Diphlu River that flows across Kaziranga National Park. According to local residents, this years floods has been very severe and worst since the one in 1980 as the first wave of flood itself has caused extensive damage. The National Highway 37 running from Bokakhat and Kaziranga National Park to other parts of Assam has been cut off and vehicles are unable to move. Few culverts have been destroyed thereby causing disruptions of traffic across the villages.
Supreme Court directs closure of 10 Stone Quarries around Kaziranga National Park
June 9, 2018: Source ~ Sentinel Assam
Under the directions of the Honorable Supreme Court of India, the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Karbi Anglong East Division has ordered the closure of 10 mining site (Stone quarries) adjacent to the World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park to protect the diverse wildlife here at Kaziranga National Park.
These quarries are all located around the areas of the Kaziranga National Park within the area that has been marked as an eco sensitive zone (10 km radius) by the Kaziranga National Park authority and also has been endorsed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT). However, provisions have been allocated to the owners to identify new sites for alternative quarries and plans have been asked to be drafted.
Kaziranga National Park closes its gates to visitors from June 1st, 2018:
June 01, 2018
Kaziranga National Park closed its gates for visitors on June 1st, 2018 for the season 2017-18. Every year, the monsoons in Assam bring in a heavy amount of rainfall that causes the river Brahmaputra to flood and its waters enters the Kaziranga National Park. When it rains heavily in Kaziranga, the water quickly overtakes the low lying southern portions of Kaziranga, including Bagori and Kohora. As a result, without having any major high boundaries, the water from the Brahmaputra and its tributaries start flowing into the interiors of the Kaziranga National Park. This is when the Park authorities have to take adequate steps for safeguarding the life of the animals inside the Kaziranga National Park. Although adequate steps are taken regularly to protect the habitat of the Kaziranga National Park, the huge area of the Park always is an obstacle to protect the entire area of Kaziranga.
The number of highlands at Kaziranga National Park are not adequate to provide shelter to all the animals of the Park. Even though many of these animals of Kaziranga take shelter in these highlands but a majority of them need to migrate to the nearby Karbi Anglong and Naga hills to take shelter. The major hindrance here is the National Highway that falls in between these animals and the hills. The park authorities take several steps to reduce the speed on vehicles plying on this National Park to reduce the risk to these animals of Kaziranga. Speed bumps at regular intervals are placed for vehicles to keep their speedometer on check. The park authorities set up road blockades at regular intervals to educate the drivers about the precious fauna of Kaziranga National Park and to value their lives. Speed checks are strictly enforced and vehicles violating the speed limit are enforced with a huge fine so that they do not repeat the mistake again.
So it can be said that the authorities of Kaziranga National Park are kept busy across the year. During the season time to keep the infrastructure of Kaziranga National Park intact and to educate the visitors here about the dos and don’ts at Kaziranga and in monsoons to protect the wildlife habitat of Kaziranga National Park and also the year around for regular check against poachers. Though with all such steps the risk to animal life is minimized but still many animals die in Kaziranga National Park due to the annual floods. Some of them drown in the flood waters, some of them carried away by the river water, some due to unavailability of adequate food resources and some of these animals mostly the Indian Rhinoceros falling prey to the aggressive and ruthless poachers. The amazing biodiversity of Kaziranga National Park has to undergo through this difficult ordeal each and every year with many animals surviving and battling the forces of Mother Nature to see a new tomorrow. Floods continue and will always remain a threat to the amazing Fauna species of Kaziranga National Park.
Threats of Mining and Erosion at Kaziranga National Park:
May 23, 2018 ~ Source: india.mongabay.com
Loss of living habitat for its animals is looming over Kaziranga National Park due to rampant mining and quarrying operations at the adjoining Karbi Anglong Hills. Stone mining at the Karbi Anglong Hills pose a threat that will result in destroying of the animal corridors that these animals at Kaziranga National Park use as refuge to migrate to the upper plains when floods grip Kaziranga National Park. Explaining the situation, scientist Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, secretary general and CEO of NGO Aranyak said “Wild animals can get the sense of upcoming flood and they often move towards high land in the landscape during the flood. Though there are some highlands in Kaziranga, the Karbi Anglong hills serve as a natural highland that are visible to the wild animals from a distance.”
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has come up with a report that highlights the long term implications of survival of species like Elephants and Tigers is being targeted by the quarrying and mining activities that is resulting in destruction of wildlife corridors and wildlife habitats and has urged the Government of Assam to take immediate steps to ban these operations within a 10 km radius of the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve.
New Age Technology measures adopted for protection of wildlife during floods at Kaziranga National Park:
June 1, 2018
Modern technology serves as a boon and this time this has come in the form of a mobile app that will protect the lives of animals at Kaziranga National Park during the annual floods here. A mobile app developed by the NIC center in Golaghat, Assam will assist the officials at Kaziranga National Park to monitor the speed of vehicles along the National Highway 37 that cuts through the Kaziranga National Park. This app will help keep a check on vehicle speeds when the animals cross the roads to seek refuge at higher grounds to save from drowning in the flood waters. Speeding cars have often been reported to hit animals crossing the roads leading to casualty. Cars will now be allowed to cross the highway at Kaziranga National Park at designated speed limits only and thereby will not collide against animals.
Another Rhino down at Kaziranga National Park – Poachers kill rhino:
In another sad incident at Assam’s famous Kaziranga National Park, poachers again shot at an Indian Rhinoceros near the Kaoimari forest camp at the Bagori Safari range of Kaziranga National Park. Forest official of Kaziranga rushed immediately to the spot and managed to fire at the poachers and shot own 1 among the 5 poachers. The officials were able to recover the rhino horn and also a rifle along with two bags of poaching materials and ammunitions. The body of the rhinoceros was yet to be recovered and search operations continued to find it here at Kaziranga National Park.
Forest Guards of Kaziranga National Park attacked for trying to prevent illegal fishing
May 16, 2018: Source ~ Times of India
In a drastic incident, a mob attacked forest guards at the Sildubi area here at Kaziranga National Park when the guards tried to stop three men from illegally fishing within the protected area of Kaziranga National Park.
As per reports, at around 11 AM the guards spotted three locals fishing illegally inside the protected areas of the park and tried to stop them. During the course of the argument many villagers joined the three men and started to manhandle the guards The guards sustained injuries on their faces and hands. An FIR has been filed with the Jamuguri police station against the attackers.
Rhino poaching continues at Kaziranga National Park:
May 14, 2018
In yet another incident at the famed Kaziranga National Park in Assam, poachers managed to kill an adult 30 year old male rhinoceros and escaped with its prized horn. This is the fourth news of a Rhino being poached at Kaziranga National Park for the year 2018. The dead body of the rhinoceros was found near the banks of the Brahmaputra river. An immediate search operation was launched upon hearing the gun shots on 10th May at around 7.30 AM near the Burapahar range of Kaziranga National Park. With rain waters beginning to flow inside the National Park, the animals have started to take refuge in higher grounds towards Karbi Anglong and it might seem that the poachers had managed to enter the Kaziranga National Park from the porous boundaries of Karbi Anglong. Forest Minister of Assam condemned the heinous act and laid stress on better anti poaching campaigns and measures at Kaziranga National Park.
This is the fourth case of rhino being poached for its horn at Kaziranga this year. Rhino species have always been vulnerable to attack due to its prized horn. The large porous boundaries of the Kaziranga National Park makes it vulnerable to poachers who find an easy way to sneak in. In the year 2016, around 18 incidents of poaching were reported while in 2017 around 15 cases were reported. This year on 14th January, a female rhinoceros was killed in the Bagori range of the Kaziranga National Park and on 11th February another case of rhino poaching was reported.
Regular steps to contain poaching are taken at Kaziranga National Park. Strategic camps are set up regularly to contain infiltration along with it the National Park will deploy more number of automated drones to monitor the area of the park. Electronic recording devices have been installed at strategic locations to monitor regular activity. Also Belgian Dogs have been deployed to keep a check on poachers. These fierce dogs have been able to provide a better success rate at containing poachers and about 40 poachers have been captured from 2013 by the officials of Kaziranga National Park.
Woodland Park Zoo at Seattle open Assam Rhino Reserve – gets its first ever One Horned Rhinoceros
May 7, 2018 ~ Source: Seattle Times
A special exhibit called as the Assam Rhino Reserve was opened on May 5th at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, USA. This exhibit will showcase the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros, Asian Brown Tortoise and the Demoiselle Cranes. As a part of this initiative, the Assam Rhino Reserve got its first ever male one horned Rhinoceros named Taj after a long two day transport by road from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Soon Taj would be joined by another male companion Glenn. The Assam Rhino Reserve will showcase the treat to these species against wildlife trafficking and poaching and the amazing adaptation of these species to survive against extinction. He Indian One Horned Rhinoceros once found across the northern part of the Indian Subcontinent, their population rapidly declined due to hunting, huma conflicts and poaching. An initiative taken at Assam’s Kaziranga National Park saved them from extinction and today around 3600 of them survive across various protected areas of India and Nepal and Kaziranga National Park is home to 2/3rd of the total population.
Speedy highland construction at Kaziranga National Park a must – says Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal
April 10, 2018
With the upcoming monsoon season in Assam, it becomes necessary to protect all animal habitat across the State and mostly at Kaziranga National Park which is prone to severe floods every year causing a threat to the life of the endangered animal species here. Keeping this in mind the Chief Minister of Assam, Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Kaziranga National Park and took note of the progress of work on building highlands at the National Park that would act as a shelter for the animals during the floods. As many as 40 additional highlands are being constructed to protect the animals and the forest department has been continuously monitoring the work progress. The Chief Minister also laid emphasis for planting trees on these highlands that would serve as an important food source for the herbivores of Kaziranga National Park.
Adopt A Heritage Scheme: Assam sees protests over Kaziranga National Park, Ahom-era monuments adoption
May 02, 2018 ~ Source Times of India
Different parts across the States of Assam saw protests from various organizations against a decision to hand over the heritage monuments along with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park to private organizations for the maintenance of the tourism infrastructure across these places.
The protests led by youth groups and KMSS threatened to intensify the protests if these heritage sites in Assam were handed over to private operators. The opposition party of the State has asked the Government of Assam to hold talks with the Center to exclude the sites in Assam under 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
The brand ambassador of Assam Tourism, Actress Priyanka Chopra was recently in Assam to shoot for several ad campaigns under the Awesome Assam Tourism Campaign Promo. In these Ads, Priyanka Chopra is seen dancing to the tunes of the Assamese folk dance Bihu, savoring ethnic Assamese Cuisine, sighting the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros at the Kaziranga National Park on an Elephant back and showcasing the rich beauty and natural landscapes the State has to offer through its tourism potential to the World. Titled Awesome Assam, through these videos Priyanka points out why you should visit Assam atleast once in your lifetime and also that ‘Once you visit Assam, it stays with you forever.’ What is interesting is in these ads is that the State Government for the first time opened the gates of the Kaziranga National Park for filming this ad. Kaziranga National Park is a restricted area that does not allow commercial filming.
Forest guard injured in rhino attack in Kaziranga National Park
May 01, 2018 ~ Source Indiablooms.com
In an unfortunate incident at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, a forest guard was attacked and injured by an Indian Rhinoceros. The injured forest guard has been identified as Sabir Ahmed Laskar who was engaged at the Holalpet forest camp in Kohora range of Kaziranga National Park. According to another forest guard, they were on a patrol near the area when the Rhino suddenly came and attacked Mr. Sabir and witnessing the incident they managed to flee the area. The injured guard was later admitted to a local Hospital and transferred to the Guwahati Medical College for better treatment. Over the years many forest guards at Kaziranga National Park have been injured or killed in animal attacks.
England Cricketer Kevin Pietersen posts a heart-warming post in Hindi after increase in rhino population at Kaziranga National Park
April 02, 2018 ~ Source Zeenews
The recently completed Rhino Census at Kaziranga National Park spelt good news to all nature lovers and wildlife activists as their number grew by almost 12 since the last three years. Many people expressed their joy on hearing this news and one ardent Rhino fan famous English cricketer Kevin Pietersen expressed his joy in a different way totally. Kevin took to Twitter and posted a message in Hindi expressing his joy in hearing the news. However, it is still not clear as to who helped Kevin to compose this message as it is not sure whether Kevin knows HInd to write this post.
Goods New for Kaziranga: increase in number of the One Horned Rhino population
April 13, 2018 ~ Source qrius.com
The successful completion of the recent rhino count at Kaziranga National Park has brought some very good news to the people of Assam. The population of the pride of Assam viz. the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros has risen to a significant number of 12 here at Kaziranga. This increase in population comes as a sigh of relief to the officials of Kaziranga as the National Park has lost more than 500 numbers of them to poachers since the nineties.
In a complex survey that involved the use of 17 SUVs and 40 Elephants along with 300 government and NGO officials, authorities were able to pin the number to a 2413 this year which is a rise since the earlier number of 2401. Assam across the State has a total population of 2645 rhinos with other population spread across the Manas National Park and Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park along with the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.
Assam Tourism to celebrate World Rhino Day on September 22 every year
February 23, 2018
The Government of Assam along with the Department of Tourism has chosen September 22 as a day to celebrate as the ‘World Rhino Day’. In a meeting that was conducted by the State Board of Wildlife, the Honourable Chief Minister of Assam, Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal had expressed to have a day dedicated as a tribute to the One Horned Rhinoceros which is the pride of Assam especially the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park. The Chief Minister requested the members of the Forest Department of Kaziranga National Park to keep a strong vigil against any poaching activities at the Kaziranga National Park. He also pledged to protect the Elephant Population of the State as a few incidents of accidents at Railway Crossings leading to the death of Elephants were reported recently. He said that he will hold a high level meeting with the members of the Indian Railways to devise steps to prevent such incidents from happening again. The Chief Minister also laid stress on installing surveillance and building watchtowers across important sections of the National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of Assam.
Rhino Shot Dead By Poachers In Kaziranga National Park
January 15, 2018 ~ Source NDTV
Sad news struck at Assam’s Kaziranga National Park again today as another incident of Rhino poaching was reported here that killed an adult female one horned Rhinoceros. However, the poachers couldn’t carry the horn of the dead Rhinoceros.
The Forest Guards who were stationed at the Daflong Camp under the Bagori Safari range sprang to immediate action on hearing two gunshots at around 9 PM and fired six rounds to retaliate in the defence of the animals. This scared the poachers who immediately left the ground. A large scale operation to nab the poachers has been launched.
Rhino and Calf Shot Dead in Kaziranga National Park of Assam
November 05, 2017 ~ Source NDTV
Tragedy struck again at Kaziranga National Park today as an adult female rhinoceros and her calf were shot dead by poachers near the Tunakati forest camp at the Burapahar range of Kaziranga. This news comes three days after the body of another adult rhino was found dead here. The poachers had fled with the rhino horn and left behind several empty cartridges of the AK-47 assault rifle. With these deaths the toll of Rhino killing rode to 5 this year as earlier in the year poachers killed another 2 rhinos one at the Hatibali Chapori ad another at the at the Burapahar range of Kaziranga National Park.
Assam’s Kaziranga National Park opens for tourists
October 02, 2017 ~ Source Zee News
The Forest and Environment minister of Assam Ms. Promila Rani Brahma formally announced the opening of the gates at the Kaziranga National Park for allowing access to visitors who will be coming to the Park for the tourist season 2017-18. The occasion was also attended by the Agricultural minister of Assam Mr. Atul Bora and the Chairman of Assam Tourism Development Corporation Mr. Jayanta Malla Baruah along with other dignitaries and forest officials of Kaziranga National park. Earlier the park used to reopen in the month of November but keeping in mind the vacation season and with instructions from the authorities about the feasibility, it has been decided to reopen the park from October to May as against the earlier November to April. At present only two safari ranges at Kohora and Bagori has been opened for the tourists. Only Jeep Safari has been made accessible to the visitors while the Elephant Safaris will begin from October 11th People especially tourists have welcomed this move as they will now get more time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and Important Bird Area.
Assam floods: Over 225 animals dead in Kaziranga National Park
August 19, 2017 ~ Source Zee News
The floods in Assam cause havoc every year as the rising levels of the River Brahmaputra and its tributaries flow into the plains and cause displacement of many people and animals. The first wave of floods in July caused severe damage to human and animal life already this year. While people were still trying to overcome the devastation caused by the first wave, the second wave gripped the State this month causing a lot of trouble to the people. The second wave submerged around 25 districts of Assam and affected over 33 lakh people.
Most affected region again is the Kaziranga National Park, where 70% of the park got flooded. As per officials around a total of 225 animals have died in the floods this year. With the flood waters receding now however the pace is very slow and around 30% of the Kaziranga National Park is still inundated. The dead animals at Kaziranga include 15 Rhinos, 4 Elephants, 178 Hog Deers and 1 Tiger.
Assam Forest Department to construct highlands for animal protection at Kaziranga
August 05, 2017 ~ Source Zee News
It is not only poaching that affects the population of the animals at Kaziranga National Park. Annual floods take an equal toll on the lives of animals at Kaziranga mostly the Indian Rhinoceros. This year around 5 rhinos have already been killed by the drowning in the flood waters.
In order to take active measures against the loss of animal lives, the forest department has decided to build around 30 highlands inside the premises of the park as the animals of Kaziranga National Park are sensitive and search for nearby highlands during floods to rescue themselves. The Forest Minister of Assam stated that a feasibility study is being conducted to see the positive effects of these highlands and once completed funds would be seeked for the construction of these highlands for the protection of animals at Kaziranga National Park.
91 animals, including seven rhinos died in floods in Kaziranga National Park
July 31, 2017 ~ Source Zee News
The first wave of floods have struck Assam and already caused severe damage to the infrastructure and homes of the people of the State. These floods have already claimed the lives of more than 70 people. Along with people, many animals have also lost their lives especially at the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve. The toll of animals dead have risen to around 90 till now which includes 5 rhinos, 82 hog deers and 2 sambar deers. Funds have been released by the Central and State Governments to counter the situation of the floods. The funds have been used to set up 1098 relief camps across the State. Along with this, these funds have been utilized to create highlands, procure boats, rescue and rehabilitation of animals, creating preventive structure against erosion, creation of road networks etc. is being utilized.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Visits Flood Hit Kaziranga National Park
July 13, 2017 ~ Source NDTV
Assam Chief Minister Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal visited the flood affected areas of Kaziranga National Park on Wednesday and took a toll of the present situation. The Chief Minister took an extensive survey of the area on a boat ride to assess the damage done by floods at the Bagori range of Kaziranga National Park. He directed a Coordination Committee comprising of Deputy Commissioners, Superintendent of Police, Forest Officers of 5 districts to assess the situation of the floods regularly and adopt the best possible measures to protect the wildlife. He also directed the committee to take stringent measures against the poaching of these animals at Kaziranga National Park.
Green Court Asks Assam Government To Ensure Animal Safety in Kaziranga
July 12, 2017 ~ Source NDTV
The National Green Tribunal today has asked the Government of Assam to take protective measures of the animals here especially during the monsoon season when the park gets flooded with rain water and animals start coming out of the park in search of highlands to rescue themselves from getting drowned and often land up in the National Highway where unfortunately they are at times struck by speeding cars and get killed. Road accidents cause the death of many animals during the annual floods here at Kaziranga National Park. The tribunal has informed the Government to take steps urgently to protect the wildlife as it was concerned with the cases of road accidents at Kaziranga National Park.
The State Government has informed the tribunal about the protective measures being taken and how then have introduced and strict measures of overspeeding by introducing time cards and laying of speed bumps at regular intervals. Patrol teams are placed at regular intervals informing vehicle drivers not to overspeed and harm animals. Heavy fine up to the tune of INR 5000 is being imposed on vehicles for overspeeding and around 1,010 challans have been been issued till July 10 for overspeeding and overloading of vehicles.
BBC Disallowed To Film In Tiger Reserves For Five Years: Government
March 29, 2017 ~ Source NDTV
A widespread stir against a documentary released by BBC on Kaziranga National Park where it has ‘misrepresented’ the immunity provided to the forest staff at Kaziranga National Park as a ‘Shoot to Kill’ policy has led to a ban on the network where it has been stated that the network will not be allowed to film at the Tiger Reserves in India for the next 5 years.
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.
First Rhino Death Of 2017 Reported In Kaziranga
January 9, 2017 ~ Source NDTV
In what can be reported as the first death of a Rhino at Kaziranga National Park, a carcass of an adult male rhinoceros was discovered today inside the premises of Kaziranga National Park.
The authorities reported that the dead body of the animal was found lying at the Padurijan area near the Sildubi Camp at Kaziranga National Park. Authorities have added that the Rhino death was caused due to natural causes and the horn was found intact.
Home Minister of India Visits Flood-Hit Assam
July 30, 2016 ~ Source NDTV
The Union home minister of India Mr. Rajnath Singh along with Union Home Minister of State Mr. Kiren Rijju and Minister for DoNER Jitendra Singh visited Assam today and took a toll of the flood situation that has affected over 18 lakh people across the 22 districts of Assam. The Union Minister along with authorized dignitaries and officials will also take a note of the situation at Kaziranga National Park and the districts of Nagaon and Morigaon. At the end they will meet the Chief Minister of Assam before returning to back to Delhi.
6 Baby Rhinos Saved From Flooded Kaziranga National Park
July 28, 2016 ~ Source NDTV
The toll of Assam floods have been quite evident here at the Kaziranga National Park. Many animals have already lost their lives to the fury of the floods. Not only the bigger animals but even the young ones have had to face the peril of the monsoons of Assam. In one such incident, a team of the Assam Forest Department and mobile veterinary service team of the Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation have rescued six baby rhinos from various areas of the Kaziranga National Park. These young rhinos aged from one month to one year were separated from their mother and washed away with the floods. They have now been rescued and are being treated. Around 12 forest department officials have been actively involved in saving such animals displaced in the floods at the Kaziranga National Park.
About 12 Lakh People Affected In floods of Assam; 60% Of Kaziranga Inundated
July 26, 2016 ~ Source NDTV
Continuous rainfall over the past few days owing to the monsoon season have caused widespread floods across the State of Assam. In the past 24 hours itself, the number of people affected by these floods have gone up from 6 lakhs to 12 lakhs. The flood situation is more tense in the area of Upper Assam and the districts of Golaghat and Dhemaji are under water. Around 7 people have died in flood and landslide related accidents. Around 2000 relief camps have been set up across the State of Assam where over 1 lakh people have refuge where they are being provided with shelter, food and water.
The situation is even more grim in the Kaziranga National Park where around 60% of the park has been submerged and many forest officials and animals have been affected due to the floods. This has made the animals at Kaziranga National Park more vulnerable to poaching.
9 Poachers Arrested For Killing Rhino In Kaziranga National Park
May 03, 2106 ~ Source NDTV
In breaking news, Police Officials have arrested 9 people in connection with killing a one horned Rhinoceros at Kaziranga National Park. This also includes 3 employees of the forest department as well. Acting on a tip off, police officials first arrested a poacher named Saurav Ali at the Burapahar range of the Kaziranga National Park. Upon interrogation, Ali revealed about the nexus among the poachers and forest officials of Kaziranga National Park. This led to further arrests. These people killed a rhinoceros on 22nd November 2015 and dumped the dead body of the animal near the Tunikati Camp at Burapahar range..
On the Day Of Will-Kate’s Kaziranga Tour, Poachers gun down a Rhino
April 14, 2016 ~ Source NDTV
The audacity of the poachers continues to grow as they defy all rules to hunt down animals at the World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park. In this incident, the poachers managed to gun down a Rhinoceros just a few hours after the visit of Prince William and his wife Princess Middleton’s visit to the Kaziranga National Park. Due to the royal family’s visit heavy security measures were adopted here at Kaziranga and despite these measures the poachers managed to carry out this act of crime.
As per forest officials, the guards here gunshots at 11.10 pm on wednesday and they launched a search operation where they found the carcass of the dead rhino. They also managed to recover empty cartridges of AK-47s that were used to kill the animals. The poachers has also managed to kill another female one horned rhinoceros just two days prior to the visit of the royal couple here at Kaziranga National Park.
Prince William, Kate To Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Kaziranga National Park
April 12, 2016 ~ Source NDTV
The Royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are all set to grace the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park with their presence on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Chief Minister of Assam Mr. Tarun Gogoi will receive the royal couple on their arrival at Kaziranga National Park from Tezpur which is located a 90 minute drive away from the Park. The couple will then be taken to the Diphlu River Lodge where they will halt during their stay.
On wednesday morning, they will be taken to the Bagori Safari range for a 2 hour long Jeep Safari to sight the varied Flora and fauna of the Kaziranga National Park and later they will interact with the anti-poaching staff and the visit the animal rehabilitation center here at Kaziranga National Park.
Adult Female Rhino Killed In Kaziranga National Park
March 23, 2016 ~ Source NDTV
Poachers managed to cause another sad incident here at Kaziranga National Park as they gunned down an adult female rhinoceros and took away its horn. Forest guards patrolling the area of the Kaziranga National Park near the Tunikhati camp at the Burapahar range found the carcass of the adult female rhinoceros without its horn. They also managed to recover a 303 rifle and 18 empty cartridges from the site. The toll of rhino deaths this year has gone up to 5 and security inside the premises of Kaziranga National Park has been beefed up.
2016 has been a terrible year for Kaziranga National Park as 2 Rhinos have been killed In Last 48 Hours.
January 27, 2016 ~ Source NDTV
In a tragic incident in less than 48 hours 2 rhinoceros were gunned down at the Burapahar range of Kaziranga National Park taking the toll to 3 Rhinos this year.
As per officials, forest guards heard gunshots near the Burapahar range and launched an immediate search operation. Although the poachers has already fled with the Rhino horn the guards were able to recover to the rhino carcass.
Two Rhino Poachers Killed at Kaziranga National Park
January 1, 2016 ~ Source NDTV
The forest guards of Kaziranga National Park managed to foil an attempt of poaching and managed to gun down 2 poachers in an encounter at the Bagori Range of Kaziranga National Park. As per the officials, around 6 poachers had entered the premises of the Park to carry out Rhino poaching and were detected by the forest guards who got into an encounter with the poachers. Four of the poachers managed to flee while two were killed.
Earlier on wednesday, an adult female rhinoceros was killed at the Kaziranga National Park along with a forest guard who tried to stop the poachers. Rhino species have always been vulnerable to poaching here at Kaziranga National Park. These ruthless poachers have killed and dehorned almost 200 rhinoceros over the past 13 years and in the year 2014 itself around 20 rhinos were killed. The Government of Assam has adopted various stringent measures to stop the menace of poaching but poachers find a way to carry out this act of crime.
How Guards at Kaziranga National Park are coping with the Assam floods
August 25, 2015 ~ Source NDTV
The flood situation in Assam has worsened and has affected over 8 lakh people till now. There are reports of as many as 14 people dead in these floods. The State Government of Assam has opened many relief camp across the State and around 1.5 lakh people have taken refuge in these camps.
The situation is even more difficult for the forest guards at Kaziranga National Park. Their camps inside the forest reserve have been flooded and they do not have proper place to stay. Over 20 forest camps across the area of the Kaziranga National Park have been flooded forcing the guards to take refuge in the available ones which are a few only. This is making their job of protecting the endangered one horned Rhinoceros a flagship species of Kaziranga National Park all the more challenging as during floods the poachers find it easier to seek in and hunt down these animals for their prized horn.
Rhino Killed in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park
June 30, 2015 ~ Source NDTV
Ruthless poachers in yet another sad incident gunned down another rhinoceros here at Kaziranga National Park taking this years toll to 12 since January 2015. The Rhino carcass was recovered from the Burapahar range by patrolling forest officials. The carcass bore injury marks and had its horn removed indicating an act of poaching. Rhino horns are in huge demand in the International markets and Kaziranga National Park spread over 855 sq. km. has almost 70% of the World’s One Horned Rhino population.
Rhino Killed at Kaziranga National Park in Assam in a suspected poaching attempt
April 10, 2015 ~ Source NDTV
In a shocking incident, suspected poachers hunted an adult female rhino and removed its horn at the Kaziranga National Park. Patrolling forest guards on hearing gunshots set out on an immediate search operation at the Boribil forest camp area. They couldn’t nab the poachers but were able to recover the carcass of the Rhino lying on the ground with its horns removed.
Kaziranga National Park count shows more number of Rhinos on survey
April 02, 2015 ~ Source NDTV
There is good news for all wildlife enthusiasts around the World. Kaziranga National Park has shown a remarkable increase in the count of Rhino species here. As per the latest survey conducted the number has risen to 2,401 rhinos. This is a considerable increase from the earlier count which was done in 2013 that showed the number to be 2,329. This growth in rhino numbers has been a result of a continued fought battle over the years among the staff of the Kaziranga National Park and the merciless poachers. In the last five years itself around 250 people have been charged with poaching of rhino and are yet to be convicted. Rhino species at Kaziranga National Park shall always remain vulnerable to such heinous acts of crime.