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.
The female rhino was translocated from Pobitora wildlife sanctuary last year and had given birth to its first calf in Manas last year.
The World Heritage Committee early this year had said rhino poaching has been identified as a serious conservation threat at several world heritage sites.
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. More....