Rhinos Adapting Well to Dudhwa National Park

A greater one-horned Rhinoceros cub was born about 10 days ago in Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh. The birth of the cub is seen as continuing success of a relocation program that began in 1984. The 27 sq km area within the park now has 31 rhinos, where there were only 7 to start with. The seed population came from Pobitora in Assam and Shulka Panta Reserve in Nepal. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species lists the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros as “vulnerable”. The assessment notes that although the population shows an overall increase, there was a continuing decline in the quality of the habitat. Over 70 percent of the One-horned Rhino population is in Kaziranga, which renders them vulnerable to a catastrophic event.

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