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SOS Rhino : In the News : India's rare rhinos face renewed risk from poachers
 

India's rare rhinos face renewed risk from poachers

  Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:23AM EDT

By Biswajyoti Das

KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK, India (Reuters) - Poachers have killed four great one-horned rhinoceros in a reserve in northeast India over the past two weeks, conservationists said on Wednesday, warning of a renewed threat to the endangered animals.

The rhinos were killed at the Kaziranga National Park, which has the world's largest concentration of one-horned rhinos with more than 1,800 of the protected animals living amid swamps, forests and tall thickets of elephant grass.

"The future of rhinos is not safe in Kaziranga," said Bibhab Talukdar, a conservationist working in the park, located on the banks of the Brahmaputra river in Assam state.

Scientifically known as Rhinoceros unicornis, the animals are only found in their natural habitat in eastern India and neighboring Nepal.

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