One-horned rhinoceros together with her infant stands at floodwater within Kaziranga National Park. (PTI photo)
GUWAHATI: High Gains aren’t fresh to Kaziranga, yet this year that the frequency of the flooding has prolonged the sufferings of these animals. Herbivores are the worst hit from the previous one month because the Brahmaputra and its tributaries have been in spate since grasslands have gone and there’s not any fresh expansion.
Herbivores like deer and elephants have migrated to high grounds across the Karbi Anglong hills seeking shelter and food. Kaziranga has confronted six large floods because 1988, three of these in the previous four decades –2017, 2019 and 2020. A park official said 90percent of the deer population has transferred into the hills.
“creatures are utilised to high flooding. However, this year, KNP was struck by several waves of flooding. All grasslands have submerged,” explained Kaziranga DFO Ramesh Gogoi.
He included that rhinos and buffalos may sustain themselves from ingesting grasses which have gone under water. But deer want fresh bud and this is now an issue for the park police.
“Kaziranga desires flooding to revive development of plant life, but regular floods are hazardous,” explained Gogoi.
A KNP report Thursday stated 60percent of this park is under water and 143 creatures have died up to now. The maximum casualty (104) was reported of hog deer. Of the figure, 50 have escalated and 18 have expired in vehicle-hit.
“We’re attempting to place a mechanism in place so there are fewer casualties when critters cross the street and people that have migrated into the hills are secure,” he explained.
Wildlife specialists believe the prolonged flooding should be regarded as a learning experience for your park.
“Artificial intervention isn’t desirable. Feeding the animals with artificial food may have an impact on their behavior. The only solution in this hour would be to clean the organic corridors so the trapped creatures will escape,” explained Rathin Barman, joint manager of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).
“Unless we believe Kaziranga and Karbi Anglong as a picture, there’s not any potential for Kaziranga,” he explained.
KNP manager P Sivakumar also stated that the creatures have to get free access to proceed to Karbi Anglong. “At the past two weeks we’ve added around 500 hectares of land into three creature corridors. You will find nine corridors in Kaziranga, but six of these have property problems that will need to be sorted out,” he added.
“Considering that the frequency of large floods is rising, our priority must be on corridor direction because in building highlands, we’ve got limitations. It is a riverine ecosystem with several wetlands. We can’t convert all of the wetlands to highlands,” he added.