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The 14th Rhino Census 2022 at Kaziranga National Park(KNP) was conducted.
What are the key findings from the 14th Rhino Census 2022 at KNP?
The population of the Greater One-horned or Indian Rhinoceros in the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve has been estimated at 2,613 which is 200 more than the number recorded in 2018. (The 2018 Rhino Census had put the number at 2,413)
Of the rhinos estimated, 1,823 were adults, 365 were subadults, 279 juveniles and 146 calves. The females outnumbered the males by 183.
Note: This census was special as this was the first time drones were used to survey the animals in three compartments of the park.
Rhino Census in other National Parks of Assam
Orang National Park: It recorded an increase of 24 rhinos over the figure of 101 in 2018. There was no incident of poaching in the park.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary: It recorded five more rhinos than in 2018. Of the 107 rhinos counted, 50 were females, 30 males and 27 calves.
Source: This post is based on the article “Rhino population up by 200 in Kaziranga” published in The Hindu on 30th March 2022.