Kaziranga lost 31 rhinos as 361 animals drown in 2017 floods; Malavika Vyawahare; Hindustan Times

India – Kaziranga National Park

The death toll of rhinos is the highest for three years. But these deaths are from drowning in floodwaters, not from poachers’ bullets or poison.

The Kaziranga national park in Assam lost 361 animals, including 31 rhinos, in floods that swamped the Unesco world heritage site in 2017.

In all, 401 animals were killed by floods and vehicle hits, mostly along national highway 37 that crisscrosses the 430-square-km park, which is home to two-thirds of the world’s one-horned rhinos.

“Kaziranga lost a number of animals during the two incidences of recent floods,” environment minister Mahesh Sharma said in the Lok Sabha this winter session.

The death toll of rhinos is the highest for three years. But these deaths are from drowning in floodwaters, not from poachers’ bullets or poison.

According to official records till December 26 last year, eight rhinos were killed by poachers in Assam.

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