We’ve been off in the boonies for a bit (and you will see evidence of that soon….), but back now to face the heaps of work that clutter our desktops. On that note, in our absence arrived several copies of the September/October 2008 issue of Wildlife Conservation. Remember Kaziranga? Remember its food? Our story on India’s endangered one-horned rhinos is now in print. (Sorry, the article is not online.)
Kaziranga National Park is home to the world’s largest population of these rare creatures, threatened by poachers who kill the animals for their valuable horns. But the park is equally important to elephants, tigers, deer, a dozen other threatened species of mammals, plus some 500 types of birds. With scenes such as these….
…it’s no wonder tourists rise before the sun to catch the park in its early-morning glory. It’s a dangerous, rigorous job to keep these animals alive, through the protection of dedicated rangers. Sometimes the system fails. Within a few weeks of our trip to Kaziranga, poachers killed at least four more rhinos.