Conservationists working with the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros species have welcomed the birth of a rhino calf at the Manas National Park in Assam. The calf was born to six-year-old mother rhino R3A a few days ago. Laisri, a 15-year-old grandmother of the baby rhino was brought to Manas from the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, according to media reports.
Assam is known for its biodiversity. The state has chalked out plans to boost the population of rhinos to 3000 in 2020.
The project will be executed with the help of the Rhino Translocation Project and the range of the species is to be expanded in seven protected parks of the state. The rhino translocation project was launched in 2005. Listed as ‘Vulnerable’ the one-horned rhinos have been translocated from Kaziranga, Orang, and Pobitora in Assam.
The ambitious conservation project identified the Manas National Park as the key area where most of the rhinos were to be trans-located. The rhino translocation project is a joint project of the Government of Assam and WWF India and is supported by the International Rhino Foundation and US Fish and Wildlife Service.
The latest census counted 2,413 one-horned rhinos in the world heritage site Kaziranga National Park.