The two female rhinos were translocated to Manas National Park under the ‘Rhino Vision 2020’ programme  Credit: EastMojo image

Guwahati: Manas National Park, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site located in Assam’s Baksa district, welcomed two female rhinos from Kaziranga National Park on Monday as part of a translocation programme by Assam forest department.

As per sources, the two adult female rhinos were translocated to Bahbari range of Manas National park as part of the Rhino Vision 2020 initiative of the government. With these new guests, the total number of rhinos inhabiting in the national park has now increased to 43. It was also informed that two more rhinos will be translocated to the national park in the coming days.

Forest department officials translocated the adult rhinos in a special vehicle and they organised religious activities like performing prayers before releasing the animals to their new habitat.

Speaking with EastMojo, additional PCCF and CHD Forest of Bodo Territorial Council (BTC) region Anindo Sworgowari informed that under this special rhino translocation programme the state targets achieving a total of 3,000 rhino population across all wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of Assam.

“I want to BTC authorities for their coordination in this translocation process as Manas National Park was our primary target for habitat exchange of rhinos,” Sworgowari added.

State forest authorities translocated a total of 20 rhinos from Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary to Manas National Park between 2008 and 2020 under government’s major rhino ‘habitat exchange’ programme termed as Rhino Vision 2020.

Rhinos were reintroduced in the 950-sq-km area covering Manas National Park as a part of the Manas conservation initiative in 2008 after nearly 100 rhinos were killed by poachers during the peak of insurgency in Assam in the early 1990s.

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