GUWAHATI: Reaffirming its unrelenting commitment towards conservation of wildlife and habitats, the region’s premier biodiversity conservation organisation, Aaranyak, in association with the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) on Wednesday gifted 200 sweaters, 200 woollen caps and four life jackets to Nagaon Wildlife Division of Assam for use by frontline Forest Department staff deployed in Laokhowa-Burhachapori Wildlife Sanctuary (LBWLS).
The field gear were handed over at a function held in the wildlife sanctuary to the Divisional Forest Officer of Nagaon Wildlife Division, Jayanta Deka by the secretary general and CEO of Aaranyak Bibhab Kumar Talukdar who is also the senior advisor of IRF for Asian Rhinos.
The event was graced by the two Forest Range Officers of Laokhowa-Burhachapori WLS, Aaranyak’s Executive Committee member and renowned conservationist Kaushik Barua, Anupam Sharma of WWF, local wildlife enthusiast associated IRV 2020 Dr Samarjit Ojha, Dilwar Hussaina wildlife lover associated with LBWLS. These field gear will be very handy for the frontline forest staff during the winter season in their efforts for protection of wildlife in Laokhowa-Burhachapori sanctuary including two stray one-horned rhinos that are now roaming around in the wildlife sanctuary which was recently cleared of encroachers in a massive eviction drive carried out by the Forest Department with support from the district administration.
A public meeting preceded the distribution of these field equipment The meeting which was attended by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, prominent local residents, villagers, forest department officials and staff including the DFO Jayanta Deka, two Range Officers, Aaranyak representatives Dr Bibhab Kumar Taklukdar and Kaushik Barua. “It was heartening to see local people hailing the on-going efforts to bring back one-horned rhinos to Laokhowa-Burhachapori WLS,” said Dr Talukdar, stated a press release.