In sixth heaviest deluge, highland & corridors shelter Kaziranga rhinos
Written by Abhishek Saha
| Guwahati |
Published: July 21, 2020 4:00:50 am
Rhinos take refuge on a highland in the flood-hit Kaziranga National Park, in Golaghat district, Monday. (PTI)The floods in Assam have submerged 85 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park, famous for its one-horned rhinoceros. Already 113 animals, including 11 rhinos, have died — two of the rhinos succumbed to natural causes. And with this year’s deluge said to be the “sixth heaviest” in the park’s history, the fear is that the animal toll will rise.
But park officials insist there is hope. They say the 33 new artificial highlands created within the sanctuary in 2017-18 and better corridor management will make a difference this time. In the floods last year, over 300 animals had died, including over 20 rhinos.
“Elephants and deer migrate whereas a vast majority of the