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SOS Rhino : In the News : Experts call for scientific management of Kaziranga
 

Experts call for scientific management of Kaziranga

  Apr 6, 2005 09:27:00 AM
.NEWDEL MAG5
Durba Ghosh

Guwahati, Apr 6 (PTI) Kaziranga National Park, celebrating its centenary this year, may be touted as a great conservation success story for the famed one-horned Rhino but ecologists urge scientific management of its biodiversity for its future existence.

Kaziranga's success was mainly possible due to gene pool conservation of known and unknown categories of life and the perfect functioning of the different types of ecosystems in appropriate cohesion, says noted ecologist Dr P C Bhattacharjee.

Amongst the thousands of genetical varieties it was, however, one species-- the Rhino-- which occupied the position of indicator species for the health of the diverse natural systems that are working in unison, says Dr Bhattacharjee, Head, Department of Zoology Gauhati University.

"It is, in fact, the rhino which has covered the imagination, evaluating mechanism and management exercises in Kaziranga. It is necessary to get away from this established set and reassess the threat perspective for the whole of the landscape for the sake of the health of the diverse ecosystems, hundreds of species, working under the same administrative setup for the last hundred years," he says.

Bhattacharjee asserts it was necessary to start thinking on the ecological threats from a different angle for the continued existence of wild biodiversity in the National Park for posterity. PTI



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