Guwahati: 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, biodiversity conservation, and research organisation, Aaranyak, in partnership with the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) on December 15, 2021, provided a utility vehicle to the Orang National Park in Darrang district of Assam.

A 4WD Bolero Camper vehicle was formally handed over to the Mangaldoi Wildlife Division yesterday for utilisation in Orang National Park, Assam. The National Park is home to tigers and the greater one-horned rhino.

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

Dr Talukdar mentioned that Aaranyak and International Rhino Foundation (IRF) shall make all endeavours to complement the effort of the Assam Government to strengthen the conservation efforts in Orang National Park. He mentioned that in recent years, Aaranyak and the IRF had earlier provided the one-speed boat and also one 4WD Gypsy to Orang NP to further enhance the efficacy of the Orang NP officials to secure the future of rhinos in the NP.

The Orang National Park (78.81 sq. km.) is known as a mini-Kaziranga National Park (KNP), given its rich biodiversity and grassland ecology. The park boasts 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 a conservation point of view as constant strict vigil is required as it is located close to densely populated human settlements.

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.

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