Guwahati: A carcass of a male rhino was recovered nearby the entry gate to the Kohora Range of the Kaziranga National Park in the Mihimukh area.
According to forest officials, the rhino is suspected to have passed away due to old age.
Meanwhile, the forest department has collected the horn from a dead one-horned rhinoceros.
It may be mentioned that the Indian rhinos or the greater one-horned rhinoceros thrive in the grasslands, and changes in these habitats are posing an inevitable threat.
According to media reports, the loss in grassland quality is mainly due to the growth of invasive and natural succession in addition to changes in the water regimes is the main component posing a threat to the habitats of the rhinos.
Apart from this, overspeeding or rash driving at national highway 37 which passes through the park area imposed threats to this precious gem of Assam while crossing the corridors, particularly when the park is flooded during monsoons.
There are around nine prominent tracts that are used by the rhinos and other animals at KNP for their movement to adjacent habitats.
Kaziranga National Park authorities had already fixed a maximum speed limit of 40 km per hour for vehicles in the sanctuary with the objective to avoid wildlife deaths due to accidents and allow free movement of animals, but such instructions are rarely followed.
Recently, a ten seconds video clip on social media, showing a rhinoceros hit by a speeding truck at Haldibari went viral after the Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma shared it on his official Twitter handle.
With god’s grace, the rhino survived the accident and the vehicle has been intercepted and fined.
Later, CM Sarma in an update said, “Our Rhino friend, who met with an accident in Haldibari recently, is found to be doing good. I am sharing a drone video taken this morning. Urge all to be kind to our animals. Go slow while passing through corridors, where you know some animals might cross.”