Poachers killed a rhino at Assam’s Kaziranga National Park in the Gopaljaroni area of Sonitpur east forest division on Saturday night. Just a week ago police police foiled a similar bid in the same area. This is the fourth rhino killed in the only World Heritage Site of the state this year and last year, five rhinos were killed inside the park. … Read More
Armed Poachers Arrested While Attempting to Enter Kaziranga
Police arrested three armed poachers in the Bihali area of Sonitpur district in Assam, while trying to sneak into Kaziranga National Park. The three were found during a combing operation, hiding in the house of a local. The local escaped. A .303 rifle, ammunition, some food and camp materials were found on them. It is believed their plan was to spend a week inside Kaziranga and poach Rhinos. … Read More
Assamese conservationist Firoz Ahmed wins prestigious award
M Firoz Ahmed, a Wildlife Biologist working with Aaranyak in Assam, has been awarded the prestigious Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award 2011.
Firoz is currently conducting research on tigers, prey animals and their habitats in Orang, Manas and Kaziranga National Parks supported by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. He is also involved in community-based conservation of wildlife in Assam and is a passionate environment educator.
The Carl Zeiss Wildlife Conservation Award is given annually to wildlife conservationists, researchers and managers … Read More
Assam forest department orders Army to dismantle Sonai Rupai firing range
The Assam forest department has asked the army to dismantle the short firing range near the Lama camp in Kalamati. Sonai Rupai was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1998. The Forest department has written twice since the beginning of the year to the army and though there was a reply, the response has not been suitable. The area is home to a sizeable Elephant population, as well as leopards, gaur, barking deer, sambar and a variety of birds.… Read More
Around 40 White-rumped Vultures sighted in Panidihing Sanctuary in Assam
A flock of about 40 white-rumped vultures have been spotted in the Panidihing bird sanctuary in the Sivasagar district of Assam. This is the first sighting in three years of such large numbers. The most common of the nine vulture species, the white rumped Vulture has seen a population decline of over 99% since the early 1990s. The main cause has been cited to be the use of diclofenac, used to treat livestock. Diclofenac causes renal failure in the vultures … Read More
Pesticide ban call for around India’s Kaziranga park
Forestry officials in the north-east Indian state of Assam have demanded the creation of a no-pesticide zone around the famous Kaziranga game sanctuary after the alleged poison-related deaths of two pregnant elephants and other animals near tea estates. … Read More
Kaziranga National Park to be extended
The Assam government is set to complete the legal process for extension of the Kaziranga National Park from the present 430 square kilometres to double the area. The State’s forest and tourism minister, Rockybul Hussain, said the government was expeditiously trying to settle the land acquisition process for the extension so that animals, including the prized one-horned rhinos, were better protected.
Although the park has already more than 800 sq. km. area, it was not legally sanctioned thus preventing the … Read More
OIL-well Spill and Fire Explosion in Baghjan, Assam, Threatens Life and Biodiversity
On 27th May 2020 around 10.20 AM, a massive blow-out occurred in a well operated by the public-sector unit Oil India Limited (OIL), in the Baghjan area under Tinsukia district, Assam. On the evening of 27th May, oil began leaking out of the well, along with the gas. The leak continued uncontrolled from the well (BJN-5), for 12 days, while OIL announced that they did not have the expertise to control the leak and had to fly in experts from … Read More
Kaziranga short-staffed to protect rhinos
Assam Forest and Environment Minister Rockybul Hussain on Friday informed the state assembly that the present strength of frontline staff of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) was not sufficient to protect rhinos and other animals there.
Replying to a question by Communist Party of India (CPI) member Drupad Borgohain, Mr. Hussain said the strength of the frontline staff in 152 camps inside the park was 386 and this remained unchanged for the past 20 years though the area had doubled … Read More
Camera Trapping In Assam Rainforest Reveal World’s Largest Cat Species Diversity
Amur Falcon Hunting near Umrangso, Dima Hasao District, North Cachar Hills, Assam
As the ‘Friends of the Amur Falcon’ initiative was underway in Doyang, Nagaland, the NGO NWBCT had parallely set-up ‘Amur Counts’ across a dozen locations in Northeast India. The objective of these counts were to document migratory routes, and roosting areas, as well as potential harvesting sites of Amur Falcons in the entire Northeast. NWBCT is the Nagaland-based NGO that, along with Conservation India, discovered the mass killings in Doyang last year and launched the ‘Friends of the Amur Falcon’ … Read More