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Assam: Wildlife park inundated
Published on 20 Sep. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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Monsoon regenerates wildlife parks but when the sanctuaries are flooded, it puts the animals at greater risk of being poached and shrinks their food supply.
The forest guards keep a tight vigil at the Pobitora Sanctuary in Assam. With the tributaries of the Brahmaputra flowing above danger level, the wildlife park is inundated. The animals, mostly rhinos, have moved to highlands but they are running out of food.
There is no flood relief available for wild animals but in times like these they are more vulnerable than people, reports NDTV.
Rhinos, for example, are valued for the price they carry on their horns and that’s why the park authorities must work overtime not only to supply food but also protection. “It is not possible for other national parks but in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary we provide some extra foliage, trees etc as food,” said a ranger. Pobitora has the highest concentration of the one horned rhino and has a record of zero poaching in the last five years. But the threat is always there.
Former poachers have also been roped in to keep vigil. But with the rising water, the wildlife parks across the state may need more support.

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