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Kaziranga rhinos to get new home in Bihar (India)

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Northeast Now | March 13, 2020

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GUWAHATI: Bihar environment department is mulling to send a proposal to the NTCA for the translocation of rhinos from Kaziranga National Park (KNP) to VTR in West Champaran district.

Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR) once had a sizeable number of rhinos, however, over the years the numbers decreased and today there is only a single rhino left in the reserve.

Original photo as published by NE Now News: Representational image.

Forest department principal secretary Dipak Kumar Singh informed that a security assessment committee is working on the selection of habitat for bringing the rhinos to the reserve.

Singh further informed that the department will send a formal proposal to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) after the security assessment is over.

Upon the approval of NTCA, the department will be able to translocate rhinos from Kaziranga and Patna Zoo to VTR.

The Patna Zoo presently has 11 rhinos- six male and five female and it have been reported that the zoo had sent rhinos to Delhi, Kanpur, Ranchi and Hyderabad zoos.

One rhino was also sent to the US.

Authorities further informed that a breeding facility for rhinos, which is spread over 2.5 acres of area, is also being finalized.


Two more rhinos translocated from Assam’s Kaziranga to Manas National Park 280kms away (India)

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Sumir Karmakar, The Deccan Herald | March 1, 2020

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In another conservation success story, two one-horned rhinos were translocated from Assam’s Kaziranga National Park to Manas National Park situated about 280-kms away, on Sunday. Two sub-adult female rhinos were captured on Saturday and were released in the Bansbari range of Manas in western Assam on the wee hours of Sunday as per protocols of Indian Rhino Vision (IRV) 2020.

The rhino vision 2020, started in 2005 seeks to increase the country’s rhino population to 3,000 through translocation. It’s a joint program of Assam forest department, World Wide Fund for Nature India (WWF-India), International Rhino Foundation (IRI) and Bodoland Territorial Council.

Original photo as published by Deccan Herald: Rhino released in Manas National Park in Assam on Sunday. (Photo credit: Subhamoy Bhattacharjee/WTI)

It is being implemented with the help of several other organisations. With this, the number of rhinos translocated to Manas since 2005 under the vision reached 20 and two more are also likely to be translocated from Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.

Pobitora having 102 rhinos is situated in the Morigaon district and is about 50kms east from Guwahati. Kaziranga, a Unesco World Heritage Site is the home to the world’s largest number of one-horned rhinos (2,431 as per the 2018 Census) followed by Pobitora (102), Orang National Park (100) and Manas (41).

Sunday’s translocation took the rhino population in Manas to 43. Manas, where the wildlife face threat due to long insurgency problem lost its Unesco (Natural) World Heritage Site tag but translocation of the rhinos contributed to get the status back in 2011.

“During the transportation process, members from the various teams formed by the Translocation Core Committee that included oicials and sta from the Assam forest department, Assam police, AFPF, WWF-India, Wildlife Trust of India, Aaranyak and other organizations accompanied the thin convoy that covered a distance of approximately 280km overnight to reach Manas at around 2.30 am on Sunday,” said a statement issued by Amal Chandra Sarmah, field director of Manas National Park.

It said the IRV2020 programme was one of the key factors that helped Manas Park get back its UNESCO (Natural) World Heritage Site status back in 2011. “It can be expected that rhinos translocation program at Manas will also contribute to the mixing of genes from individuals from Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Kaziranga National Park populations and set up a healthy ground for a breeding population of rhinos for the future of the species. This has also contributed to the overall development of the park including tourism and transboundary cooperation between India and Bhutan,” said the statement. Rhinos in Assam have faced a serious threat from an international gang of poachers. Over 70 rhinos have been killed by poachers since 2013, mostly in Kaziranga and Orang.


British troops help relocate endangered black rhinos as part of anti-poaching mission (Malawi)

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Sky News | December 26, 2019

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Troops from the 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles have recently come back from a three-month counter-poaching deployment in Malawi, southeastern Africa.

Based in Liwonde National Park, near the border with Mozambique, they worked in conjunction with African Parks, a conservation organisation.

They trained current and new rangers in a bid to crack down on the illegal trade by improving the effectiveness of patrols.

Original photo as published by Sky News: The troops worked in conjunction with African Parks, a conservation organization.

While they were there, the soldiers helped with one of the biggest international rhino translocations so far, offloading the 1.4-tonne animals which had been transported by air and road from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

The mission saw 17 black rhinos moved from South Africa to Malawi, according to African Parks.

There are around 5,500 black rhinos in the wild today.

Major Jez England, officer commanding British Army Counter-Poaching Team in Liwonde, described the operation as “hugely successful”.

He added: “Not only do we share skills with the rangers, improving their efficiency and ability to patrol larger areas, but it also provides a unique opportunity for our soldiers to train in a challenging environment.

“Helping with the rhino move was a fitting end to our time in Malawi, getting up close to the animals we are here to help protect was an experience the soldiers won’t forget.”

The army has helped train 200 rangers in Malawi – and no high-value species have been poached in Liwonde since 2017.

Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife also worked on the project.

It will help boost the rhino population in the region and help preserve the critically endangered species for the next generation.

The 17 rhinos have been monitored intensely since their release, as they settle in to their new environment.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the illegal wildlife trade is the fourth largest transnational crime behind drugs, arms and human trafficking and can have hugely destabilising consequences.

He added: “With this deployment, our armed forces have once again demonstrated their versatility and value by contributing to the conservation work taking place in Malawi.

“Working with local communities, host governments and wildlife groups is key to our approach, we want to see sustainable, community-led solutions that help promote security and stability for both the people and wildlife of Africa.”

The UK government has committed more than £36m to tackle the illegal wildlife trade between 2014 and 2021, with the counter-poaching ranger partnering programme funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.