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Electronic eye system to check rhino poaching in Kaziranga

By Liji Varghese | Last Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 16:06

Zee Media Bureau/Liji Varghese

Guwahati: With the alarming rise in the number of poaching cases, the state forest department has decided to implement the electronic eye system at Kaziranga National Park to save the rhinos.

Out of seven rhinos which have been killed since January this year - six were from Kaziranga National Park and one from Manas National Park - both of which are UNESCO world heritage sites.
Initially eight towers would be fitted at different vulnerable locations, which would be further increased to 15. The electronic eye system would be fitted with optical and thermal cameras. The optical camera will help capture normal images whereas the thermal camera will captured black and white images at night based on the wavelength of the object.
There has been a rise in the killing of rhinos primarily because of the soaring demand for its horn.
According to Save The Rhino (STR), an international NGO engaged in conservation of African and Asian rhinos, in 2012 in South Africa alone, a staggering 668 rhinos were killed by poachers.

First Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 16:06

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