While on one hand, illegal poaching of animals for their hides, skins and bones is growing concerns among the conservation authorities, conservationists in India on the other hand, are worried with the rising numbers of the endangered great one-horn rhinoceroses.
According to conservationists, rhinoceroses of India’s main national rhino park are running out of space, not because they are outnumbering what they were years ago, but because of the delay on the part of the authorities in sending them to other reserves.
According to Reuters, Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, co-chairman of the Asian Rhino Specialist Group said,
Rhinos are facing a space crunch.
Assam’s Kaziranga National Park is now the home to more than 1,800 rhinos alone. With the largest group living amidst Kaziranga’s muddy ponds and tall elephant grass, the endangered animals are mostly found in eastern India and neighboring Nepal.
Its time for the government to keep up with its two-year-old promise to move some of Kaziranga’s rhinos to seven other existing conservation parks within the state, for repopulating them. The government will be doing this in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and International Rhino Foundation.
Besides the Kaziranga, most of the other parks have alarmingly lost their resident rhinos to poachers and encroachers, challenging the government’s all claimed securities.