Assam is now so close with the 3,000 mark of Indian Rhino Vision (IRV) 2020.
During the two day long census ended on Sunday evening, 2,290 rhinos was recorded in Kaziranga National Park (KNP). In 2009, it was 2,048.
It was the 10th census conducted inside the KNP.
In the latest census report, Assam now stands with total 2505 one-horned rhinos.
During the census, 2290 rhinos in KNP includes 508 mother rhinos, 93 in Pobitora wildlife sanctuary, 100 in Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Orang and 22 in Manas National Park.
“We are very happy about the growth rate in this census, which is recorded 15 percent. The normal growth rate is 12 percent, but the latest census report was found to be highly satisfactory,” said Assam Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain.
Hussain added it is the golden era of wildlife conservation history in Assam.
The IRV, 2020 is a joint programme of Assam Forest Department, International Rhino Foundation and WWF.
The first census was in KNP in 1964.