Rhino Count Goes Up in Manas: Receives Two Rhinos From Pobitora
GUWAHATI: Two wild rhinos have been released in Manas National Park on Tuesday after being captured and translocated from Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary on Monday. With these two rhinos- one adult male and one female, the total number of rhinos in the national park now reached 49.
While the male rhino was captured in the Pipolati area, the female rhino was captured in the Tamulidova area of Pobitora WLS.
With the latest duo, altogether 22 rhinos translocated to Manas National Park under the Indian Rhino Vision (IRV) 2020, a joint program of Assam Forest Department, World Wide Fund for Nature India (WWF-India), International Rhino Foundation (IRF) and Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) implemented in collaboration with many other national and local organizations.
The program is a unique one where the government has partnered with an international, national and local organization for the conservation of the rhinos in the State of Assam.
“The translocation of rhinos to Manas and re-establishment of a breeding population there has made an immense contribution to the conservation of the species,” said Assam forest department.
Under this program since 2008, 20 rhinos have been already translocated to Manas NP with the active support of many agencies including the District Administration, Assam Police, College of Veterinary Sciences, AN & Veterinary Department, etc.
The IRV2020 program was designed by the Rhino Task Force in 2005 with a vision to attain a rhino population of 3000 spread over seven of the protected areas (PAs) by the year 2020.
In the beginning, when the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 program was designed, there were three rhino-bearing protected areas in the State – Kaziranga National Park (NP), Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) and Orang NP.