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  • Last 10 years, more than 7,000 rhinos have been poached,82-Member ‘Rhino Protection Squad’ Deployed in Kaziranga National Park

    Published on July 7, 2019

    By  Bhupen Goswami

     

    Guwahati : An 82-member team of ‘rhino poaching squad’ has reached Assam’s Kaziranga National Park to deal with the threat of rhino poaching in the world-renowned national park which has the highest population of one-horned rhinos in the world. This is the Assam government’s latest move to try and save the endangered one-horned rhinoceros native to Assam. The special task force has been equipped with SLR guns to deal with predators in the thick jungles. The security personnel have been trained specifically to protect the one’horned beast. Moreover, they have been provided with high-tech weapons to deal with armed poachers. An offical said that a Special Rhino Protection Force has been deployed for the first time. 90 personnel have been employed, out of which 82 have reached the national park to save the animals. Meanwhile, Parimal Suklabaidya has said that the poaching of rhinos has come down in recent times, and he hopes this task force will end rhino poaching once and for all. It is to be mentioned that as per Government reports, there are 2,654 rhinos left in the State. According to savetherhino.org in the last 10 years, more than 7,000 rhinos have been poached. Rhino poaching in Assam is one of the major environmental issues in India which continues in the region of Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park and some other grasslands of Assam.

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