Kolkata: The officials of West Bengal forest department will from Monday begin a four-day-long census to estimate rhino population in Jaldapara National Park and Gorumara National Park.
The census would be conducted for two days in both the forests, according to a senior forest official.
The census at Gorumara will be carried out on January 19 and 20, and at Jaldapara, the estimation exercise will be held on January 21 and 22.
VK Sood, Chief Conservator of Forest, North Bengal (Wild Life), said: “Jaldapara National Park had recorded 186 rhinoceros in 2013 while the Gorumara National Park had a population of about 50 rhinoceros in the census carried out in 2014.”
“We are hoping that their population has increased significantly,” he added.
Forest officials believe that the number of the rhinos has gone up although there have been some reports of poaching of the animals last year.
Besides forest officials, several NGOS would participate in the census that will estimate the number of one-horned rhinoceros on the basis of direct sightings.
As per officials, Jaldapara has the second highest population of rhinoceros in India after Kaziranga National park in Assam, which recorded around 2,200 rhinoceros.
(With Agency inputs)