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Jaldapara rhino census

Alipurduar, Feb. 20: A rhino census will be conducted in Jaldapara National Park here on February 23 and 24 where forest officials would for the first time create an individual file for every rhino with their picture.

The census is being conducted in Jaldapara after two years.

The census conducted in 2011 showed that there were 150 rhinos in the forest. Foresters claim that this year the number will reach to 200.

Santosh Jiarar, assistant wild life warden of Jaldapara, said: “On February 23 and 24 a rhino census will be conducted and the method used would be direct sighting. We will form 42 teams that will cover 37 blocks. Team members will be on kunkis and on the basis of the length of the blocks, the number of teams per block will be determined. Forty odd kunkis will be engaged in the census. On each kunki there will be two staff members. The census will start from 6am everyday.”

Jiarar said this is the first time that they are giving a sketch of each rhino to the staff. After sighting a rhino, the staff will identify a special feature of the animal and mark it on the picture.

“We plan to prepare a separate bio-data for each rhino along with a photograph. If any particular rhino is missing for a long time we will be able to know it soon,” he added.

During the last census in 2011, the male-female ratio in Jaldapara was 1:1 but the standard ratio is 1:3.

There should be one male rhino per three female rhinos.

Infighting among rhinos in Jaldapara has increased because of less females.

Almost 12 rhinos died here last year because of infighting.