News Update: The oldest and most popular national park, Jim Corbett, is famous as a tiger reserve. Every year tourists throng the reserve to have a look at the majestic big cats. The latest news making the rounds is that apart from the Royal Bengal Tiger, the wildlife sanctuary is going to be home to rhinoceros too. As per reports available in the local daily Amar Ujala, after getting approval from the Wildlife Institute of India, the secretariat on Tuesday approved of this proposal in a meeting with the state wildlife council.

Where will the rhinoceros be brought from?

The rhinoceros will be procured from either Assam or West Bengal. The one-horned rhinoceros is categorized in the vulnerable category and is native to the Indian subcontinent. The two states of Assam and West Bengal are home to several sanctuaries and national parks including the famous Kaziranga National Park, and Jaldapara National Park where tourists can see these majestic creatures.

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How will this move affect the population of Jim Corbett National Park?

The rhinos brought to Jim Corbett National Park will be fitted with radio collars to track their movement. According to reports, one-horned rhinoceros were found in Corbett park earlier. Bringing them back to this famous national park will add to its biodiversity. Just like tigers are an endangered species, rhinoceros’ population is also dwindling and needs conservation methods.

Details of this move have been calculated by the concerned officials. According to the local news article, in the meeting of state wildlife council members, senior scientist from Wildlife Institute of India, Dr. V. P. Jhala demonstrated that Jim Corbett National Park is fit to keep these rhinoceros and that the move will be beneficial for the sanctuary too as it is bound to increase the footfall in the national park as well as start a debate on conservation of wildlife.

Logistics behind the move have been worked out

According to a report available, the Chief Conservator of Forests, Jayaraj informed the media after the meeting that as per the Wildlife Institute of India estimate, this move which is a 5-year project would cost around INR 4 crores. The entire project has been conceived after a detailed study by the Wildlife Institute of India. Officials have studied the landscape of Jim Corbett National Park and found it to be fit for shifting rhinoceros.

The scheme has been appreciated by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat too. The reports quote Jayaraj saying that Forest Department estimates the entire project of rhinoceros transfer to be completed within four months. In case any rules or laws are a hindrance to this transfer, a solution will be worked out. Earlier, rhinoceros have been moved to the Lakhimpur district of the U.P. where positive results were observed. The board has also decided to introduce wild dogs in Rajaji National Park to combat the threat of wild boars and leopards.

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