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Baidya, K.N., 1983. Alarming status of the Great Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis). Environmental Conservation 9 (4): 346-347, figs. 1-2

Location: Asia - South Asia - India
Subject: Distribution - Records
Species: Indian Rhino

Original text on this topic:
Returning to the political issue: the Assam protesters argue that the scheme to remove the Rhino is designed to strip their State gradually of an important tourist attraction. Indeed a section of militant students, in their recent protest note to the Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi, claimed that the proposed translocation scheme of the Kaziranga Rhino (which they call 'Assam Rhino') to any other reserve outside Assam, is a conspiracy, to deprive the people of Assam of an object of their hereditary pride'. The agitated student groups are receiving support from local parochial and jingoistic politicians, so-called 'conservationists', and wildlife officials.
The wildlife authorities in New Delhi have expressed their surprise at the controversy and maintained tile view that the Rhino translocation programme is based on sound conservation principles. They say that Kaziranga Sanctuary, whose total area is about 425 kmy (Sinha, 1981), is overstocked with Rhinos, and that many of the animals must be shifted to a new suitable habitat- for their own benefit and the sake of the species' survival.

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