Manas National Park
- The one-horned rhinos of western Assam’s Manas National Park, bordering Bhutan, are expected to have high life expectancy and significant growth in population, the 14th Assam rhino estimation census has revealed.
- The report has also revealed that it requires immediate conservation translocations.
- This was inferred in the fourteenth Rhino estimation census held in the state of Assam.
About Manas National Park:
- The Manas National Park is located on the Himalayan foothills in the state of Assam.
- The Manas National Park gets it name from the river which flows through the national park, which is the Manas river.
- Manas river is one of the major tributaries of the Brahmaputra river. It also serves as an international border between India and Bhutan.
- The Manas National Park is also a designated Tiger reserve, biosphere reserve and a elephant reserve.
- It also houses various endangered species including Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur and pygmy hog.
- Manas is also known for its decent population of the wild water buffalo.
What is in the census?
- According to the 14th Assam rhino estimation census the one-horned rhinos of western Assam’s Manas National Park have high life expectancy and significant growth in population.
- But the matter of concern here is that the population of the calves and the sub adults are meagre.
- With this condition it would be difficult to sustain the population of the rhinos in the region.
- The report mentions that there is an immediate action necessary for the translocation of the rhinos.
- Even though the state of Assam has the highest population of one horned rhinos, the matter of concern is the concentration of its population in a small area.
- As we know the state is always prone to floods, there is a threat of extinction of its population.
- Apart from this there is threat from the poachers in the region by few extremist groups.
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Source The Hindu