Two rhinos killed, horns removed in Orang National Park
Guwahati: Two one-horned rhinoceros were killed and their horns removed by poachers in Assam`s Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park, taking the total number of rhinos killed in the state to 41 during the year.
Patrolling forest guards heard gun shots last night and found the rhino and her two year old calf with their horns removed near Hazarbigha camp in the southwestern area, park officials said on Sunday.
Four empty cartridges were recovered from the area.
A massive combing operation has been launched in the park and its adjoining areas to nab the poachers.
Of the 41 rhinos killed this year, Kaziranga National Park recorded 34 killings, followed by three in Orang and two each in Manas National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.
Orang, with an area of 78.80 sq km in the Northern Bank of Brahmaputra, has a population of more than 90 rhinos, the second highest after Kaziranga.
Rhino horn is highly valued across the world for its alleged aphrodisiac qualities and use in traditional medicine.
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