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Nose in the air:Walking proud.Photo: Reuters
Nose in the air:Walking proud.Photo: Reuters

Good news for wildlife enthusiasts. A census of one-horned rhinos at the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in Assam recorded an increase of almost 250 animals over a three-year period. The two-day-long census recorded the presence of 2,290 one-horned rhinos in the Park, an increase from the 2048 recorded during the last census in 2009.

Now the Indian Rhino Vision (IRV) 2020 is short of 495 rhinos from reaching its target of 3000. IRV is a joint programme of the Assam forest department, World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and International Rhino Foundation (IRF), with a goal of attaining a population of 3,000 wild rhinos in seven protected areas of Assam by the year 2020.



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