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Poachers kill a rhino in India's national park

Jan 28, 2013

In what seems to be a setback to the efforts made for conserving wildlife in India, a rhino has been killed in at the World Heritage Site, the Kaziranga National park of Assam.

In the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, a male rhino was killed by poachers at World Heritage Site Kaziranga National park last night.

The Director of the park, N K Vaasu said, the rhino was killed at Burapahar Range of the park and the horn was chopped off.
He said that forest officials have got some vital clues and search operation to nab the culprits is on. Sniffer dogs have also been used in this regard.

Despite all the claims made by the government of making efforts for the conservation of this endangered species, poachers killed 11 rhinos at Kaziranga National park last year.

The Indian rhinoceros, popularly known as the one-horned rhinoceros have been listed as a vulnerable species.  The one-horned rhinoceros is largely found in Assam and in protected areas of Terai in Nepal. In Nepal, the population of Rhinos is generally confined to the riverine grasslands in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Excessive hunting of this big animal has reduced the natural habitat of rhinos drastically.

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