The world’s largest reserve for the endangered greater one-horned rhinoceros, is found in India’s Assam state. Last year none of these rhinos were poached there. This is what authorities claim has occurred for the first time since 1977.
The Kaziranga National Park in northeast India’s Assam is home to two thirds of the world population of greater one-horned rhinoceros, which is 2,200 rhinos.
190 rhinos were killed by poachers between 2000 and 2021. 58 poachers were arrested last year, five were injured and four were killed according to Assam police. The horns are sold for thousands of dollars in East Asia and are prized as medicine and jewellery.
Authorities are hoping through their anti-poaching measures to keep the number of rhinos being killed at zero in the coming years. They are also planning to continue investigations into those receiving poached rhino horns around the world.
The world population of the greater one-horned rhino, which are also found in Nepal, has increased to 3,700 from just around 200 since the beginning of the 20th century, according to the WWF.
- one-horned rhino: reuters