Despite anti-poaching row, Kaziranga shines in IUCN report on natural world heritage sites; Malavika Vyawahare; Hindustan Times

India – Kaziranga National Park

A BBC documentary released this year suggested that anti-poaching measures put in place to protect rhino species in the park were causing hardships to local villagers.

The IUCN assessment of Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, which attained notoriety earlier this year for allegedly adopting overly aggressive anti-poaching measures, has improved from “serious concerns” to “good with some concerns”.

A BBC documentary released this year suggested that anti-poaching measures put in place to protect rhino species in the park were causing hardships to local villagers. The news agency alleged that its park rangers killed an average of two poaching suspects every month, and over 20 a year.

The IUCN report, however, branded the park as one of the “better-managed protected areas” in the country.

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