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Bihar environment department is mulling to sent a proposal to the NTCA for the translocation of rhinos from Kaziranga National Park (KNP) to VTR in West Champaran district.

Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR) once had a sizeable number of rhinos, however, over the years the numbers decreased and today there is only a single rhino left in the reserve.

Forest department principal secretary Dipak Kumar Singh informed that a security assessment committee is working on the selection of habitat for bringing the rhinos to the reserve.

Singh further informed that the department will send a formal proposal to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) after the security assessment is over.

Upon the approval of NTCA, the department will be able to translocate rhinos from Kaziranga and Patna Zoo to VTR.

The Patna Zoo presently has 11 rhinos- six male and five female and it have been reported that the zoo had sent rhinos to Delhi, Kanpur, Ranchi and Hyderabad zoos.

One rhino was also sent to the US.

Authorities further informed that a breeding facility for rhinos, which is spread over 2.5 acres of area, is also being finalized.

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