Victory! Lowest Poaching Levels in Recent Years Recorded at World Famous Rhino Sanctuary

Poaching has become a worldwide business. From Africa all the way to China and everywhere in between. The Ivory trade is a big part of the ‘poaching menu’ as Ivory is a hot item and sells for a high price. Humans risk their lives to kill these majestic creatures in search for fortune and fame. Rarely does it end up that way however. Many poachers are killed in the process as the beasts they are hunting can tear them to shreds with their jaws or simply stomp them to death.

There are many reasons for poaching, mostly these are big game hunters or people who are looking to get in on the profits made in the ivory trade. This is why it’s important to not buy anything with Ivory because in doing so you are inadvertently supporting poachers, and in tern the killing of elephants.

Thankfully, there have been rogue groups and Governments that have stepped up their efforts in an effort to end poaching and let the wildlife species be as it may. We’ve endangered certain wildlife species through hunting and poaching and the less we interfere with nature, typically the better.

Kaziranga National Park in the state of Assam is in India. In the year 2021 they just gathered all the data and they only witnessed only one case of Rhino poaching in the entire year 2021. The lowest it has ever been. This wouldn’t have been possible or even happened without the assistance of APTF (Anti-poaching task force) as they kept strict surveillance in an ongoing effort on Rhino poaching in Kaziranga National Park. The forest guards also played an pivotal part to keep checking on poaching prone zones, the poaching hot spots so to speak. Only one Rhino was killed in the last year which is considered the lowest in 21 years! That’s a victory for the country of India, and truly all of mankind.

Take a look the the rhino poaching numbers in the last few decades..

According to PV Shivkumar, a local park director “Different strategies, including making a few forest areas like Bandardubi in Nagaon encroachment free and adding those to the park have helped in reducing poaching in the park. Suspected poachers used to take shelters in these areas. Therefore, evicting them was a major crackdown.”

Usually, Burapahar and Agaratoli are the major poaching zone hot spots with major poaching cases but in 2021 no poaching cases were reported in Burapahar. Only one case was reported in Agaratoli last year. That is tremendous for the Rhino’s and wildlife in the region.

Rhino poaching is really the major cause of concern in Assam; it houses the highest population of one-horned Rhinos in all of India. Out of 2657 total Rhinos, an incredible 2413 Rhinos live in Kaziranga National Park. That’s 90.8% of all Rhinos live in this region! More than 9 out of 10!

Another challenge is the forest guards themselves. In the Last two years 15 forest guards were arrested for their direct involvement in poaching. There are forest guards who are not to be trusted. So, this year the proper monitoring is being done on forest guards as well to keep a check on poachers or any bribes that may take place to incentivize these guards to lessen their integrity. This ensures that poachers would get no help from other sources. It also ensures that they have the right person for the job and can have better efficacy moving forward, and letting the Rhino wildlife population thrive!

You may also like...