"NEW DELHI, Jan 9 (Reuters) - No rhinos were poached last year in the world's
largest reserve for the endangered great one-horned rhinoceros, India's Assam
state, in what authorities said was the first time since 1977.
Filled with elephant-grass meadows, swampy lagoons, and dense forests, the
Kaziranga National Park in northeast India's Assam is home to 2,200 rhinos, or
two-thirds of their world population. It has attracted British royalty as well
as cricket stars, but poaching had become a big concern.
Poachers killed more than 190 rhinos in Assam between 2000 and 2021 but none
was killed last year, according to data shared by Assam Police with Reuters.
The last time there was no poaching was in 1977.
A record 27 rhinos were killed in Assam each year in 2013 and 2014, the data
showed, as poachers sought to sell their horns for thousands of dollars in East
Asia where they are prized as medicine and jewellery."
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