A rhino population census was carried out at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The entire wildlife sanctuary was divided into nine blocks for counting rhinos, with 11 enumerators and 9 observers from various organisations deployed over the two days.

The assessment was carried out using the Block Count Method by forest officials, volunteers of NGOs like Aranyak, WWF, Elephant Foundation, local NGO-Hipa, among others.

The census team garnered much support from actively participating local communities, district administration, police, conservation partners, the Jeep Safari Owners Association, hoteliers and resort owners.

107 rhinoceros were counted comprising 30 males, 50 females and 27 calves at Pobitora, which is an increase of 5 animals over the last count of 102 conducted in 2018.

With a notified area spanning 38.81 sq km, the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary harbours the highest density of rhino population. No incidents of poaching have been reported from the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary since 2014.

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