Translocated rhino poached just weeks after giving birth in Manas National Park, India08/04/2013 23:00:36 Rhino had a calf just a few weeks old
April 2014. A rhino that Wildlife Extra reported on just a few days ago as having given birth in India's Manas National Park has been killed by poachers. This is the fourth translocated rhino to have been lost to poachers in Manas in the last two years and the latest in a surge of poaching plaguing India's State of Assam where 16 greater one-horned rhinos have been killed already this year.
Diane Walkington, director of international programmes at WWF-UK said: "This is incredibly sad news. We had such high hopes for this rhino and her new calf, with the birth being a wonderful sign that the rhinos are adapting to their new environment after being translocated over a hundred miles across the country. But her death just goes to show the scale of the poaching problem and the need for serious action to protect this incredible species."
The high demand for rhino horn from East Asian countries through the illegal wildlife trade continues to pose the greatest threat for the rhinos of Assam. After decades of conservation success which resulted in the population of rhinos in the state rising to approximately 2,400 currently, the spike in poaching over the last couple of years and the increasing use of sophisticated weapons to kill rhinos seems to indicate that poaching networks are strengthening.
WWF-India remains committed to the conservation of rhinos through the IRV 2020 programme, but feels that further translocation of rhinos to Manas could be done only after effective protection measures are established to ensure zero poaching in the Manas National Park. We are working closely with the Government to secure the remaining translocated rhinos in the Park.