10 Facts about Rhino Poaching

Post On: February 28, 2017

One of the major environmental issues located in India is explained on Facts about Rhino Poaching.  It occurs in Assam, India. The sites of rhino poaching occur in the grasslands of Assam, Manas National Park and Kaziranga National Park. Assam is the home of the surviving Indian rhino or the one horn rhino. Find out other interesting facts about rhino poaching by reading the below post:

Facts about Rhino Poaching 1: the population of the one-horned rhinos

The wild one horned rhinos in Assam account for 95 percent of the total population in the world. They can be found in Orang National Park in Darrang district, Pobitora in Marigaon district and Kaziranga National Park.

Facts about Rhino Poaching

Facts about Rhino Poaching

Facts about Rhino Poaching 2: the habitat

They can be found in foothills and floodplains of Brahmaputra and Indogangetic river tracts.

Facts about Rhino Poaching 3: sport hunting

In the end 1800s and beginning of 1900s, sport hunting was common in India. One of the persistent subjects of sport hunting was Indian rhinos.

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Rhino Poaching

Rhino Poaching

Facts about Rhino Poaching 4: the military officers

There were reports, which stated that 200 rhinos were shot by some military officers in the mid-19th century.

Facts about Rhino Poaching 5: the declined population

The population of rhinos was declined to 12 individuals by 1908 in Kaziranga.

Facts about Rhino Poaching 6: near extinction

The rhinos had the near to extinction status in the beginning of 1900 due to the poaching.

Facts about Rhino Poaching 7: the primary reason

The primary reason of the rapid decline of rhino’s population is due to poaching. In the beginning of 20th century, the Indian officials started to pay attention to rhino population in Assam. The legal hunting for rhinos was completely forbidden.

Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros

Facts about Rhino Poaching 8: methods of poaching

The five methods were recorded as the ways to kill rhinos. The most common method is by shooting the rhinos. The rifles and ammunition are protected by the rhino horn trader so that the sharpshooter can kill the animals. Other ways are by trapping the rhinos in a pit, poisoning rhinos, electrocuting and using a noose.

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Facts about Rhino Poaching 9: the reason for rhino poaching

The main reason of rhino poaching is to take the horn. The skins and nails are also commercially valuable. It is believed that the horn mixed with fine powder can cure cancer.

Rhino Skin

Rhino Skin

Facts about Rhino Poaching 10: the rich people in Vietnam

The rich people in Vietnam believe that the horn of rhinos as their peace of mind cures. Thus, they keep the horn.

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