No Rhinos Were Poached In Assam In 2022, The First Time In 45 Years

January 19, 2023

The announcement that no rhinos have been poached in 2022 in Assam has been heralded as a global conservation success.

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Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that zero rhinos were poached in 2022 and just two were poached in 2021.

"The gentle giant is now much safer in Assam," he said.

This is the first time there have been zero poaching incidents in the northern Indian region in 45 years. Before 2022, no poaching of rhinos was last reported in 1977.

Himanta Biswa Sarma lauded the coordinated efforts of the state's forest and police departments for 2022's success.

A special task force was formed in 2021. The task force constituted of 22 senior police and forest department officials. It was formed to coordinate the efforts of both departments on the mission.

They marked all the entry and exit points used, as well as when, how, and where the poaching happened. They increased patrolling on full moon days when most poachers attacked the rhinos. If any poachers entered a protected area, the task force received an alert.

"Watch towers with CCTV cameras were erected at specific locations and armed commandos from police and forest department were equipped with sophisticated arms, wireless sets, drones and night vision cameras," said Special Director General of Police G P Singh.

Last year, 58 people involved in rhino poaching were arrested.

Assam is home to the world's largest population of one-horned rhinos, with nearly 2,900 animals across the state today.

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