Mar 26, 2018

Rhino census begins in India's Kaziranga National Park

Authorities in India's Kaziranga National Park are using elephants and sport vehicles to conduct a census of its one-horned rhinoceros population. Authorities divided the 170 sq mile park into 74 compartments, with 300 government and NGO officials conducting the survey. The endangered South Asian river dolphin or Ganges dolphin also lives in the rivers that criss-cross the park. The government has in recent years given the park rangers extraordinary powers to protect the animals from harm - powers usually only given to soldiers intervening in civil unrest. In 2015, park guards shot dead more people than poachers killed rhinos.

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