Rhino Population Estimation 2015

Rhino Population Estimation 2015

The Kaziranga National Park authorities are organizing Rhino Population Estimation 2015 from 24th to 28th March, 2015 as per the following tentative schedule:

 
24th March, 2015 Arrival of enumerators/ supervisors; and briefing on the Rhino Population Estimation 2015 in the evening at the Kaziranga Centenary Celebration Convention Centre, Kohora
25th March, 2015 Actual Population Estimation operation by Direct Visual Count in Block A, ie the southern part of the Diffaloo river
26th March, 2015 Actual Population Estimation operation by Direct Visual Count in Block B, ie the northern part of the Diffaloo river
27th March, 2015 Sample recheck and Error estimation
28th March, 2015 Tabulation, Compilation and Result Announcement

Due  to the Rhino Population Estimation 2015 [RPE2015], the Jeep Safari in Kaziranga National Park shall remain closed on the 25th and 26th March, 2015. The Elephant Safari shall remain closed from the 24th to 26th March, 2015. It is hereby informed to all the concerned and members of the general public that the Park authorities shall not be responsible for any loss or damages caused to any one directly or indirectly due to this closure.

OUTCOME OF THE RHINO POPULATION ESTIMATION 2015

The Kaziranga National Park authorities conducted the 12th Rhino population estimation exercise from the 24th to 27th March, 2015, wherein counts of animals was done from 24th to 27th March, 2015. The third day was kept for sample recheck and recount of compartments. In the population estimation exercise, a total of 40 enumerators, 22 independent observers, 16 media observes, 36 elephants were deployed to cover in all 81 compartments spread over the Kaziranga National Park, its addition areas and other adjoining forest and civil areas. For the first time GPS and Binoculars were deployed to assist the enumerators in better observation. The computation of the count data was carried out by a Committee notified by the Director, Kaziranga National Park on the 28th March, 2015. The Committee was headed by Dr. C. Muthu Kumarvel IFS, DFO, Golaghat Division.
The rhino population in Kaziranga and the adjoining areas spread over 81 compartments has been estimated at 2401 ± 100. The break up of the estimation in various age/sex categories is given below:

 
Adult
Sub Adult (4 to 6 Years)
 
 Juvenile
(1-3 Years)
Calf
(< 1 year)
Total
Male
Female
Unsexed
Male
Female
Unsexed
663
802
186
90
114
90
251
205
2401

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