Ninth Rhino Killed This Year: Poached in Kaziranga

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“Only just posted a story about the crackdown on poachers…yet here we are with another just killed! The only way to stop the poaching is for more more guards to patrol the park. I just don’t understand why, when it’s been proven that Rhino horn has no medicinal values; do they still take it?? I know it was tradition, but are people in the 21st Century still so stupid as to think it works like some kind of magic? Get some sort of media campaign going to explain to the people that they might as well take rat bones, as Rhino horn is useless for medicinal purposes. Target the shop’s that sell these stupid potions etc. Get more troops on the ground & shoot to kill poachers! Watch the video below, from last year; concerning poaching etc.”

Kaziranga:  A rhino was shot dead and its horns taken away by poachers in Kaziranga National Park, taking the total number of rhinos being killed this year to nine, Park officials said today.

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Patrolling forest guards came across the bullet-riddled body of a male mature rhino near Kawoimari forest camp in Bagori range of the Park this morning, they said. “Is this saying the body was found near a forest camp for the rangers? If so, surely they could have jumped into action as soon as shots were heard??”

The forest guards also found two .303 rifles and several rounds of ammunition from the spot, they said. 

A massive search operation with sniffer dogs has been launched in the area to nab the poachers, they said. This is the ninth incident of rhino being killed in the Park since January this year.

Meanwhile, a walkathon was organised by Kaziranga University in association with Assam government’s Forest department as a part of the campaign to stop poaching of one-horned rhinoceros. It was participated by Assamese cine star Nishita Goswami, Arjuna Awardee Arjun Bhogeswar Baruah, Guinness Book World Record Holder Abhijeet Baruah along with several people from school, colleges and sports persons.

Also, forest guards found two .303 rifles from Bishwanath Bhola Chapori in Sonitpur district. The two rifles were found in the jungles near the northern bank of river Brahmaputra, a part of Kaziranga National Park’s sixth addition, forest officials said.

The arms recovered today was suspected to have been used by poachers who killed a rhino and removed its horn in the Park’s western range, where two rifles and several rounds of ammunitions were already recovered.

A massive search operation was on to nab the poachers who were suspected to have escaped to the northern side of the Park, sources added.

News Link:http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/ninth-rhino-this-year-poached-in-kaziranga-332012

Endangered rhino: Displaced by floods, killed by poachers

 

Published on 30 Sep 2012

For years NDTV has been bringing you the Save our Tigers campaign, an effort that’s gone a long way in protecting our national animal. Tonight, we focus on another desperate situation, the condition of another endangered animal – the great one horned rhino – which is being decimated in Assam by machine gun wielding poachers, who are taking advantage of the flood emergency in the state.

Watch full show: http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/indi…

 

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Steps to protect animals in Kaziranga during floods

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“Forward planning…I Like that…shame the other zoo had not thought of it, there wouldn’t have been any deaths if they had!”

GOLAGHAT: As flood waters of the mightyBrahmaputra continue to rise alarmingly, authorities in the Kaziranga National Park have taken steps to protect the animals, including the prized one-horn rhinos, there.

Authorities in the Kaziranga National Park have taken steps to protect the animals, including the prized one-horn rhinos, there

“Of the 168 camps in the park, flood water has affected 36 camps. We have set up a special camp in the northern range of the Park where rescued animals would be released”, Park’s director Sanjib Bora said.

He said that the rising waters of the Brahmaputra had forced many animals to cross the National Highway 37 and flee to the southern side near the Karbi Anglong hills for shelter.

“The district authorities have imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 Cr PC along the highway so that poachers and other miscreants do not get an opportunity to harm the animals”, Bora said.

He further added that vehicles plying on the highway would be issued “time cards” so that they did not loiter for long in the area.

The park remains closed from May till October during the rainy season in Assam.

News Link:-http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/environment/flora-fauna/steps-to-protect-animals-in-kaziranga-during-floods/articleshow/14411689.cms

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