Rhino population boost reported in India

2nd Apr 2013

Positive figures are coming out of India regarding the population of rhinos at a key world heritage site.

The one-horned Great Indian Rhinoceros was previously said to number 2,290 at the Kaziranga National Park, but a new census has noted an increase to 2,329.

That new total includes 645 adult males and 684 adult females along with younger animals and cubs, according to officials at the park.

The news may be encouraging for wildlife observers as well as any visitors planning trekking holidays in the region who are desperate to catch sight of the stunning creatures.

An extensive operation, the latest census was carried out by over 250 people at a time when tourists were not present inside the park.

The researchers covered all 81 blocks of the park across its five main ranges.

They carry out the rhino headcount every two years at the Kaziranga National Park as part of ongoing conservation efforts.

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