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KAZIRANGA – Our Natural Inheritance

Kaziranga and the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros are synonymous. The very name ‘Kaziranga’ inspires awe, pride and deep respect in the minds and hearts of the Assamese people. This floodplain is a child of the Brahmaputra river. Here Rhinoceros unicornis is making its last stand in a mosaic of incredible ecosystems that fall in the Indomalayan Realm.

The book traces the conservation history of the Park. It also highlights the threats faced by the rhino today and reminds us of those who lived and died to protect the wild beauty of Kaziranga. In Kaziranga, you can hear the trumpet of elephants, the call of the hoolock gibbon, and the display of amorous Bengal Floricans.

The more adventurous could sight graceful Gangetic river dolphins and, with some luck, the secretive tiger, in what is believed to be the most densely populated tiger habitat in the world. Kaziranga is home to all these and more, including the Asiatic wild buffalo, swamp deer, sambar, hog deer and over 500 species of birds. The Kaziranga Inheritance is a photographic tribute to this wildlife haven and the people who have battled for its survival. Showcasing some of the most stunning images of the biodiversity of Northeast India, this visual portfolio transports you to a long-ago world of immeasurable worth.

KAZIRANGA – Our Natural Inheritance - A Case Study Of A Success Story

Milestones of Kaziranga
1905 – Preliminary notification of Kaziranga as Reserve Forest.
1908 – Kaziranga declared as Reserve Forest.
1916 – Kaziranga Reserve declared as Game Sanctuary.
1937 – Sanctuary opened for visitors.
1950 – Kaziranga Game Sanctuary was named as Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary
1974 – Declaration of sanctuary as Kaziranga National Park
1985 – Park was inscribed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO-IUCN
2005 – The year 2005 was centenary year of successful biodiversity conservation of the Kaziranga National Park.

An overriding concern affects the future of Kaziranga, and all of India’s wildernesses – will the flash, glitter and endless demands for ‘development’ allow places like Kaziranga to survive for another century and beyond?

Asian Elephants and Religions

The Asian elephant appears in various religious traditions and mythologies. They are treated positively and are sometimes revered as deities, often symbolising strength and wisdom. Similarly, the African elephant is seen as the wise chief who impartially settles disputes among the forest creatures in African fables, and the Ashanti tradition holds that they are human chiefs from the past.

Man and Elephant working Together!

The relationship between humans and elephants has had its ups and downs.

17th century the Moghul Emperor Jehangir:
In past centuries, the forests of India literally teemed with elephants. Although no census or estimates of the wild population exist, it is said that in the early 17th century the Moghul Emperor Jehangir had 113,000 captive elephants throughout his empire. Extrapolating from this figure, it is easy to imagine a wild population comfortably in excess of a million.

The Wild side of Elephants:

Elephants Show Cooperation on Test

 Elephants Show Cooperation on Test
Elephants Show Cooperation on Test

An experiment reveals that elephants not only cooperate, but that they understand the logic behind teamwork. Jorge Ribas reports on the findings.

In the test, two animals had to work together - each pulling on a rope in order to tug a platform towards them. Scientists claim that elephants' understanding of the need to co-operate shows that they belong in an "elite group" of intelligent, socially complex animals.

Asian wildlife traders harness social media: conservationists AFP

Growing numbers of animal traders are using closed groups on Facebook and password-protected online forums to reach Asian customers.

Asian Elephant - Threats and Mitigation

Encyclopedia for Asian Elephant Series 5 - Here we address the most pressing issues regarding the threats that asian elephant faces and we attempt to compile various work of the experts that are trying to resolve some of these threats.

Asian Elephant - Man : Elephant Relations

Encyclopedia for Asian Elephant Series 4 - Compiles the relation of man with elephant and how it has changed over history - be it culture, religion, war, entertainment, or just work.

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