This March 25, a rhino census will start in Kaziranga National Park, for a headcount. The census will end on March 28.
According to the census conducted in March 2015 jointly by the Forest Department of Assam and some recognised wildlife NGOs, the rhino population in the National Park is 2,401.
The rhino population comprises 1,651 adult rhinos (663 male, 802 are females, 186 unsexed); 294 sub-adults (90 males, 114 females, 90 unsexed); 251 juveniles and 205 cubs.
But a lot of rhino’s have been killed since then and the authorities and wildlife enthusiasts are anxious about the rhino population declining.
Due to the census operation elephant safari will be kept closed from March 26-28.
Moreover, Kaziranga’s Kohora, Bagori and Burhapahar ranges will be closed on 26 March whereas the Agoratoli range will remain closed on 27 March for tourists.
Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site and is known for the one-horned rhinoceros.