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Premier biodiversity conservation organisation of the Northeast, Aaranyak, with support from the Rhino Rescue Fund of Wildlife Conservation Network, donated one four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicles each to Golaghat district police and Nagaon district police.
The addition of these vehicles would add more teeth to their sustained efforts to check the poaching of wild animals of Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in Assam.
About 70 to 80 per cent of the areas in Kaziranga National Park spreads over Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam.
Police forces in both the districts have been playing a proactive role in checking rhino poaching in and around the national park which is also a World Heritage Site recognised by the UNESCO.
Aaranyak chief executive officer, Bibhab Kumar Talukdar formally handed over the Mahindra Bolero Camper vehicles to Golaghat SP, Pushpraj Singh and Kaliabor sub-divisional police officer, Mrinmoy Das in the presence of Kaziranga NP director, P Shivkumar at Kohora Police Guest House in Kaziranga.
Aaranyak had earlier provided six motorbikes to Golaghat district police to complement their efforts to check wildlife crimes in the district.
The NGO, in association with International Rhino Foundation, had also donated four 4WD vehicles to KNP during 2019-2020 to enhance conservation and monitoring of rhinos and other wild animals in and around the national park.
In August 2020, Aaranyak in association with the International Rhino Foundation gifted one 4WD Mahindra Bolero Camper to Karbi Anglong District Police to speed up their efforts to check activities of wildlife criminals in the district.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)