Manas loses sixth rhino
- Killings highlight need for increased security measures
The Telegraph, Wednesday , October 30 , 2013
OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
Oct. 29: Manas National Park, which got back its heritage tag in 2011,
today lost its sixth rhino to poachers, endangering the process of
re-establishment of the species here.
“The poachers fired three
gunshots, killing a female rhino. A poacher has also been killed by the
forest staff,” the park’s director, A. Swargiary, said.
The incident took place at 2.30pm at Bhuyanpara range and the carcass was recovered after a while.
The horn had been taken away and the post-mortem will be done tomorrow.
A source said the killing of the poacher, which took part in another area, is not linked to the killing of this rhino.
female rhino was translocated from Pobitora wildlife sanctuary last
year and had given birth to its first calf in Manas last year.
World Heritage Committee early this year had said rhino poaching has
been identified as a serious conservation threat at several world
It said the killing of the four translocated
rhinos in Manas National Park has endangered the re-establishment of
the species at this site.
The Bandar Lampung declaration in
Indonesia, agreed upon by the rhino range states in Asia — Bhutan,
India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Nepal early this month — had stated that
laudable initiatives such as Indian Rhino Vision, 2020 are being
threatened by the increasing illegal demand for rhino horn.
incident once again brings to light the current state of protection
measures in the park, which needs vast improvement,” rhino
conservationist Bibhab Talukdar told The Telegraph.