A day before she embarks on her maiden visit to Kaziranga National Park, Forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma today said an investigation will be ordered into reports that some rhino horns kept at the government treasuries have gone missing.
“I have received allegations that some horns – those of rhinos which died naturally – kept at the treasuries have gone missing. We will definitely probe the matter. If anyone is found guilty, he or she will be given stringent punishment,” she told reporters.
Brahma will begin a two-day visit to Kaziranga tomorrow.
Poachers struck at Kaziranga National Park again today, killing a rhino and taking away its horn at a time when the forest and environment minister, Pramila Rani Brahma, and two of her ministerial colleagues were holding discussions with local residents on possible ways and means to protect the state animal.
The ruling BJP alliance in the state had made rhino poaching a major issue in the recent Assembly elections, saying that the erstwhile Congress government had done little in this regard.
Ranjit launches book 'Mammals of India' written by Dr. Anwaruddin Choudhury, IAS, on 9th June, 2016 in Guwahati Press Club. India has more than 400 species of mammals. It is the only country in the world to have the Tiger and the Lion. The presence of such a diverse mammalian species in a relatively small area of the globe is significant (c. 8.6% of the total mammalian species in 2.4% of the world’s land area).
The theme for Wednesday was firmly on the conservation efforts in Kaziranga National Park.
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Official sources said two female rhinos, aged 15 and 2, were captured from the Bagori range of Kaziranga National Park this morning for the translocation.
"The capture was smooth and the process was over in half-an-hour," an official involved in the operation said.
By Naturenomics Team on April 12, 2016
Three years ago, Thandi the rhinoceros sustained crippling injuries after an assault by poachers — an incident that killed two of her male companions. When veterinarians found Thandi, she was hornless and motionless, and they weren’t sure she would make it.