Accidental Firing of One Blank Round by Staff while Driving Rhino in Kaziranga National Park and Stray pellets hitting Master Akash Orang.
The Rhino Horn Verification process of the Assam Government has started today with the first meeting of the Committee which was constituted by Assam Government encompassing experts from both inside and outside the department.
The Committee which has been named as “ Committee for Examination of Rhino Horn” sat for the first time in the conference hall of Honourable Minister of Forest, Assam Smt. Pramila Rani Brahma.
The meeting was chaired by Smt Brahma and attended by Sanjeeva Kumar IAS Principal Secretary,Mohan Chandra Malakar, State Information Commissioner (Retd) , Bikash Brahma PCCF Wildlife and CWLW, Assam, Satyendra Singh Director Kaziranga, D D Boro Dy Director, Mrinal Talukdar Sr Journalist, Prashanta Rajguru Editor, Pranab Sarma Treasury Officer, Athang Singson, Dy Director State Forensic Department and Suvasish Das DFO Kaziranga
The meeting decided to have Mr Malakar as Permanent Chairman of the Committee and Senior Wildlife Warden Mr Pankaj Kumar Sharma as the Member Secretary.
The Committee has decided to compile the entire data base of the rhino horn kept in various treasuries of Assam and in due course of time it will have a transparent verification in all the treasuries the rhino horns have been kept.
Honourable Minister during her speech emphasised the need for complete transparent evaluation so that along with the people of the state whole of the country as well as the works know the actual status of the rhino horns stocked in various treasuries of Assam.
The Committees also co-opted RTI activist Mr Dilip Kumar Nath as an additional member of the Committee which will have their next meeting on July 26 at the Assam State Zoo.
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Eastern Swamp Deer Population Estimation May, 2016
As Kaziranga National Park harbours the last viable population of the Eastern Swamp Deer, the monitoring of population status of this sub-species is considered crucial in forming conservation and management strategies. The early record of swamp deer population estimation is found since 1966, when opportunistic records of swamp deer sightings were collected during estimation of other animals such as rhinoceros and elephants. Such records are available for 1966, 1972, 1978, 1984 and 1993. In 1998, dedicated swamp deer estimation was conducted by the Assam Forest Department in Kaziranga National Park for the first time and subsequently estimation was conducted in 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The population estimates over the years have provided with information on population trends as well as dynamics of the deer subspecies.
The post-fawning population estimation for the current year was held from 5th May to 9th May, 2016. The first day was kept for training and briefing session where various aspects of the deer biology and ecology were explained to the participating enumerators from the Assam Forest Department, NGOs etc. The actual count was carried out on 6th, 7th and 8th May, followed by data compilation and analysis on 9th May, 2015. The results were declared on 10th May, 2016
The population estimation is conducted following the “Block count” method. This method involves dividing the total area into smaller units or block based on habitat feature or other distinct terrain feature. Twenty such areas /blocks are selected in four different ranges of Kaziranga National Park where the swamp deer are most likely to be found. In each of these blocks, swamp deer are counted from elephant backs, watch towers and vehicles, by multiple observers simultaneously. Only direct observations were considered. Sex and age of each swamp deer are visually assigned based on their body size and antler characteristics (for males only). The swamp deer are grouped into four age-sex classes such as adult males, adult females, yearling and fawns. GPS and binoculars are used during the exercise to locate and record the deer in different parts of the park.
The estimation is carried out for three days. The first day, the deer are counted by 20 enumerators in 20 different block of the park using 20 Departmental elephants and subsequently, the blocks were re-counted in the next two days to detect error by changing the enumerator in each block. This ensures that individual observation bias does not affect the final result.
A total of 1148 individual Eastern Swamp Deer were counted in Kaziranga National Park during the current population estimation in 2016. The population size of the Eastern Swamp Deer is gradually rising over the recent years. The current population shows an increase of 19 individuals from the last year’s estimation. The low flood in last two years have reduced the mortality rate of the deer and resulted in the gradual increase of the population.
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KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK CLOSED FOR VISITORS FROM 1st MAY, 2016
It is hereby informed for public information of all concerned that the Kaziranga National Park shall remain closed for visitors from 1st May, 2016 until further orders. Accordingly Elephant Safari and Jeep Safari shall remain suspended in all the Ranges from the 1st May, 2016. Any inconvenience caused to the public and tourists is regretted. The Park Administration shall not be responsible for any loss or damage to any one due to this closure. For information on opening of the Park, please keep visiting the Portal.
KAZIRANGA OPENS ON 1st NOVEMBER, 2015
The Kaziranga National Park opens to tourists on 1st November, 2015 at 7.00 AM. All tourists are welcome. Limited number of elephant seats would be available on the first day. As the roads are still under repair, tourists may not be able to take full circuit on jeep safai for some more time to come. The entry fee etc. is likely to be enhanced. As as when the new fees are approved, the same will become applicable from the next day.
We are trying our best to see that tourists have the best view of the Park, and we are striving to make the amenities better. This tourist season onward, filling up of Tourist Registration Form has been made compulsory. All tourists, whether on elephant safari or jeep safari, shall have to fill up the requisite form for entry into the Park. Alcohol Breath Analysers have been installed this time. Entry into the Park in an inebriated condition is prohibited. Tourists are requested to check the ID card of the jeep safari vehicle drivers especially issued by the Park authority.
We seek the cooperation of all to make tourism in Kaziranga a unique experience. PLEASE DO NOT THROW ANY PLASTIC OR EATABLES WHILE INSIDE THE PARK.
Let’s Celebrate the World Rhino Day
22nd September, 2015 is the World Rhino Day. There are five surviving species of rhinoceros left in the world. Let us give them a chance!!!
Time Card System Introduced on NH37 from June 13, 2015
Today at 7.00 Pm and 7.30 PM, Time card System was launched on the NH37 by Sri S. K. Seal Sarma IFS, DFO, Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, Bokakhat and Sri Pankaj Sharma, A.C.F. at Amguri Point and at East Haldibari point respectively for the flood season of 2015. Driver of each vehicle would be issued a card signed by the Executive Magistrate, mentioning the time of entry at the designated point on the NH37 (Haldibari and Amguri), and the time to reach the designated destination point (Amguri or Haldibari) shall also be mentioned. The drivers are advised to follow the timings and respect the speed limit, so that the accidental injury or death to wildlife crossing the NH37 can be avoided. The SDO (Civil), Bokakhat and the SDO (Civil), Kaliabor have already promulgated Section 144 CrPC on the NH37 from Jakhlabandha to Bokakhat. Interceptor Vehicles have been placed at vantage points by the Transport Department to detect over-speeding vehicles as well. Motorists may be fined heavily for over-speeding. Vehicles drivers and travelers on the NH37, on this section of the Highway, are requested to maintain a speed limit of 40 Km per hour.