Assam: IRF-Aaranyak provides utility vehicle to Orang National Park

By December 17, 2021Anti-poaching

The handover ceremony. Image: As originally published by Northeast Now.

Staff Reporter, Northeast Now | December 16, 2021


Aaranyak in partnership with the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) on Wednesday provided a utility vehicle to Orang National Park in Assam’s Darrang district.

Aaranyak, a biodiversity conservation and research organisation, provided the vehicle to the national park as part of its sustained efforts to extend support and complement the efforts of government agencies to conserve the region’s wildlife resources and habitats.

A 4WD Bolero Camper vehicle was formally handed over to the Mangaldoi Wildlife Division on Wednesday for the purpose of utilisation in Assam’s Orang National Park, which is having both the national animals – tiger and the Assam State Animal – the greater one-horned rhino.

The Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Mangaldoi Wildlife Division, Pradipta Barua, formally took over the vehicle from Dr Bibhab Talukdar, CEO of Aaranyak, who is also the senior advisor to International Rhino Foundation for Asian Rhinos.

Addressing a gathering, Dr Talukdar mentioned that Aaranyak and International Rhino Foundation (IRF) shall make all endeavours to complement the effort of the Assam government to further strengthen the overall conservation efforts in Orang National Park.

He mentioned that in recent years Aaranyak and IRF provided a speed boat and one 4WD Gypsy to Orang National Park to further enhance the efficacy of the Orang NP officials to secure the future of rhinos in the national park, said a press statement.

The Orang National Park (78.81 sq. km.) is known as a mini-Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in view of its rich biodiversity and grassland ecology.

The national park boasts of a treasure trove of Royal Bengal tigers besides being an abode of over 100 one-horned Indian rhinoceros.

The national park with a rich prey base is a challenge from the conservation point of view as constant strict vigil is required all the time as it is located in the proximity of densely populated human settlements.

In order to strengthen the anti-poaching apparatus in Orang National Park (ONP), Aaranyak has also stationed one unit of its K9 dog squad with an efficient handler in the national park for use by the park management in the hour of need, the statement added.