On October 12, the Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal reopened the Kaziranga National Park to the public after the park’s annual monsoon closure. One of the 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India, the park is known for its population of the one-horned rhinoceros among other wildlife species.
Sonowal also announced plans to construct a 32-kilometre long flyover over the national highway that runs adjacent to the national park. The effort is being made to help ease up wildlife migration through the corridor during monsoon.
The national park houses around two thirds of the one-horned rhinoceros population in the world and draws close to 1.8 lakh visitors every year. Poachers have posed a major threat to the animal, which is hunted for its horn. This activity is heightened especially in the monsoons when the animals are known to migrate from the inundated parts of the park to highlands in the adjoining Krabi Anglong district. A special task force and a fast track court for poaching trials were created to combat this issue, after which there has been a marked decline in incidences of poaching. Earlier in July this year, devastating floods had gripped Assam which resulted in a significant loss of wildlife.
Kaziranga National Park is also home to elephants, buffaloes, deer, tigers and rare bird species, making it a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts.
To know more about the park, visit kaziranga.assam.gov.in/wp/