A Conservation Success As Zero Indian Rhinos Were Poached In 2022 Making It The First Time In 45 Years

The announcement that zero rhinos have been poached in 2022 in the Indian state of Assam has been heralded as a global conservation success.

IFAW and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) congratulate the Assam government and local communities on this momentous achievement, which marks the first time there have been zero poaching incidents in the region in 45 years.

According to IFAWthe greater one-horned rhino, also known as the Indian rhino, were once widespread across the entire northern region of India until they were decimated in the early 19th century due to the popularity of sport hunting. As a result, it is estimated that in 1908 there were only 12 rhinos left in Kaziranga, India.

Thankfully, Assam, is now home to the world’s largest population of greater one-horned rhinos, with nearly 2,900 across the region today. Thanks to conservation efforts, the species has now doubled across north-eastern India.

“This incredible achievement sets an example globally on how we can change the narrative and improve the future for a species. This remarkable achievement follows strong public action on burning 2,500 rhino horns seized from poachers last year,” said Dr. Rathin Barman, WTI’s Joint Director and Chief, Strategy & Liaison for North East India.

“IFAW and WTI have been honored to work alongside the Assam government and communities on the long-term enforcement and reduction of rhino horn poaching, as well as the vital recovery of rhino habitats such as Kaziranga National Park and Manas National Park,” said Jimmiel Mandima, IFAW’s Vice President of Global Programs. “We will continue to be here in Assam to support this work on the ground, doing what we do best, with the government and communities.”

Please help Wildlife Trust of India continue their conservation efforts by donating HERE!  

You can also help IFAW continue their life-saving work by donating HERE! 

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