An RTI filed in 2019 shows that 84 rhinos died in Assam due to poaching since 2008. Official figures for deaths from natural causes are unavailable.
An RTI filed in 2019 shows that 84 rhinos died in Assam due to poaching since 2008. Official figures for deaths from natural causes are unavailable.With more than 2,400 rhinos, Assam has the highest Rhino population in India. An RTI filed by Noida based environmental activist, Ranjan Tomar revealed that a total of 102 one-horned Rhinoceros were killed between 2008 and 2018. Out of which, 84 were killed in Assam from poaching. Moreover, many rhinos die annually in Assam due to floods and other natural causes. In 2017, the Kaziranga National Park in Assam reported that they lost 361 animals, including 31 rhinos, in floods. In 2019, floods killed more than 200 wild animals, including 17 threatened one-horned rhinos in Assam's Kaziranga National Park. However, the number of one-horned Rhinoceros who died due to natural causes between 2016 to 2020 is not publicly available. Moreover, we have been unable to get in touch with the Assam Forest Department to confirm the number.