Help for flood-stricken rhinos, elephants and tigers
Ninety percent of Kaziranga National Park and 70 percent of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary are under water. Forest officials referred to the situation as "critical".
Every year the arrival of the monsoon causes the mighty Brahmaputra river to burst its banks and flood much of the northeast Indian state of Assam. The annual flooding is a natural phenomenon, crucial in sustaining the area’s rich flood plains, which support high levels of biodiversity and fertile agricultural lands. However, over the course of the past week, severe flooding has hit key tiger and rhino areas for which the region is famous.
Two thirds of the world's 3,500 remaining greater one-horned rhinos live in Kaziranga National Park, while Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary boasts the highest density of the species in the world.
Even large animals such as rhinos, elephants, tigers and buffalo flee to higher ground, where they congregate and become an easy target for poachers, determined to cash in on the suffering. The park is especially vulnerable now that more than 150 of the 199 antipoaching camps are affected by the flood and an almost full moon offers improved visibility at night. The rising waters are also driving great numbers of animals out of the protected areas, as they seek shelter in adjacent hills. But outside the parks, other dangers lurk besides poachers. They include crossing a busy highway and increased conflicts with people, as the animals move across the densely populated land that surrounds the parks. To make things worse, rhinos and other herbivores will soon struggle to find food.
Around the Clock Flood Rescue
Colleagues from our Indian partner organisation are assisting the Forest Department in their attempt to minimize the harm to people and wildlife as we speak. They have been enforcing speed limits on public roads at crossing points out of the parks around the clock to avoid fatalities and are determined to carry on as long as it takes. They are also involved in rescuing wild animals from the flood ridden area. Please help us support them today!
We urgently need your help to keep our wildlife rescue and safety teams going!
Indian Paradise under Water
23rd July 2019
Kaziranga flood deaths rise to 200 wild animals, including 17 rhinos. According to park authorities drowning and being killed by speeding vehicles while crossing a national highway to reach higher ground continue to be the main killers. Please help now!
18th July 2019
“Nearly 1800 people are working day in and day out during flood to save our wildlife," says P Sivakumar, Director of Kaziranga National Park. "Among them, 1400 are our own staff and rest are volunteers, eco-development committees, NGOs and villagers."
At least 51 animals have died so far, including five rhinos, one elephant, three sambars, four wild boars and 38 hog deer. The true scale of fatatlities will only beocme apparent after the water levels recede.
17th July 2019
Three rhinos are known to have drowned as off today. "The animals are having a tough time with a large number of rhinos, deer, elephants, trapped," state legislator Mrinal Saikia told Reuters.
From the front line: The video below, by Parveen Kashwan, shows the harrowing last minute rescue of a tiny rhino calf by forest guards. The 3-4 months old little male is now cared for at a rescue and rehabilitation facility. “There is a lot of water in its lungs. We saved him just in the nick of time,” an official said.
16th July 2019
Officials found the first drowned rhino. According to official figures, an estimated 361 animals, including 31 rhinos and one tiger, drowned during two bouts of flooding in 2017.
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