KNP records decline in rhino poaching, threat-levels still loom

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KNP records decline in rhino poaching, threat-levels still loom

G Plus News | July 04, 2019 13:51 hrs

GUWAHATI: Kaziranga National Park (KNP) has recorded a significant decline in the number of rhinos that have been poached since 2017. 

In 2013-14, there were 27 poaching incidents, in 2016, 12 rhinos were poached, while between 2017-18, seven rhinos were poached and during 2018-19, six rhinos were poached. In the current year, 2019-20, only one rhino has been poached so far. 

It should be noted that the park is home to two-thirds of the world’s one-horned r
hino population.

 

According to a report by the Times of India, park authorities are however, not rejoicing even though there has been a decline in poaching of the animals as the threat-level for these species has not come down.

A senior KNP official said that the threat of poaching still exists very much as poachers are continuously looking for opportunities to sneak into the park to kill rhinos. 

He further stated that incidences of poaching have declined because of the officials’ anti-poaching drives and intelligence gathering mechanisms. 

It should be noted that a new initiative, Special Rhino Protection Force (SRPF) has also been deployed in the park to further bring down the number of rhinos killed. This force includes 82 constables, 74 men and eight women.

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File photo of Kaziranga National Park

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