The rhino count at the national park stood at 2613, out of which, 866 were males while 1049 were females. Apart from that, 273 unsexed, 279 juveniles and 146 calves completed the numbers.
The Director of Kaziranga National Park, Jatindra Sarma was quoted by ANI as saying, “2613 rhinoceros were counted, which is an increase of 200 rhinos is over the last count of 2413 conducted in 2018.”
Notably, 50 elephants were deployed to cover all of the 84 compartments spread over the Kaziranga.
Details regarding the actual counting, participation of the enumerators and usage of the latest technology were shared by Sarma.
He said, “14th rhino population estimation was done in Kaziranga National Park. Actual counting was taking place on March 26 and 27 engaging 255 enumerators and we had also used latest technologies like drone.”
The three-day census of the one-horned rhino population in Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve in Assam began on March 26 and continued till March 28.
During the census, the national park was closed for visitors. It had earlier received record-breaking visitor count of over two lakhs which was the highest in last 12 years.