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SOS Rhino : In the News : At Dudhwa, rhino births no cause to celebrate

At Dudhwa, rhino births no cause to celebrate

  Atiq Khan

Lucknow, August 9: While the recent birth of two rhinoceros calves at the Dudhwa national park, about 155 kilometres from here, may be an occasion to celebrate, it has compounded the problems for the park authorities.

First, the rhino rehabilitation area in the park is overcrowded, with 20 rhinos billetted in the 20 square kilometre area. Second, ever since a rhino calf was killed by a tiger — Dudhwa is famous for its tiger reserve — last year, the park authorities have their hands full trying to provide adequate protection to the new-borns.

"The rearing of calves is critical in the rehabilitation of rhinos as they are easy prey for the carnivores," admitted Mohd Ahsan, chief wildlife warden of the State.

The two new additions to the rhino population were sired by Banke, the rhino bull, and given birth to by Raj Rani and Swamvara on July 26 and July 31. At present they are housed in separated barricaded enclosures, as the forest rangers, aided by three elephants, keep a close vigil on the movement of tigers.

The rhino area in Dudhwa was set up in 1987 after four rhinos from the Kaziranga national park in Assam were rehabilitated here. Though the four original rhinos have died, the Dudhwa rhino rehabilitation project, with its present population of 20 - four males, 11 females and five calves including the two born last month — is one of the success stories in wildlife conservation.

At the start of the project, rhinos had almost vanished from the wilds of Uttar Pradesh. Besides Kaziranga, Dudhwa is the only other area in the country where rhinos can be found in their natural habitat.

To safeguard the calves, and also to reduce the pressure on the reserve area, the State Forest Department had earlier moved a proposal to shift some of the rhinos to another area within Dudhwa.

"Bhadital, which is about 20 kilometres from the present location, has been selected as an alternative site for the satellite population of the rhinos," confirmed the chief wildlife warden. According to Ahsan, Bhadital is also spread over 20 a square kilometre area. "The rhinos will be moved to their new home once the green signal is given by the State and Central Governments," he added.

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