Dedication leads to reduced rhino poaching in Assam in recent years
Assam has a proud legacy of successfully conserving the great Indian one-horned rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis) and presently holds two-thirds (66.9%) of the world’s wild population of about 2500. The gradual shrinking and fragmenting of habitat are ominous threats for this species’ struggle for survival. Of particular importance is the threat posed by poachers. In the past few years, however, anti-poaching staff of the Forest Department in Assam’s rhino areas have renewed their dedication and courage, which have minimized rhino poaching. Better coordination among the various conservation agencies and positive support extended by non-governmental organizations has paid dividends in rhino protection in Assam.