Poachers killed five rhinos near National park in India

Poachers killed and cut in five rhino horn near Kaziranga National Park in the northeast Indian state of Assam, according to the local branch of the International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW.

Kaziranga in the territory inhabited by the largest — about 400 individuals — the world's rhino population is related to the form of Indian or armored rhino. Rhinos fall prey to poachers because of its horn, which is supposedly healing smugglers and sold in Asian markets.

According to the report, the flood, which arose due to heavy rains, forced to leave the Rhinos secure Kaziranga national park, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, and carefully guarded.

"One of the rhino horn despite the cut, was still alive when he was found. Unfortunately, the vets were unable to save the animal," — said in a statement.

As explained by the center coordinator for the IFAW Wildlife in India Ratina Barman (Rathin Barman), the authorities should strengthen the protection of rhinos, which are an attempt to find unflooded areas away from the care of the inspectors of the national park. According to Barman, the authorities need to bring the army to the protection of wild animals affected by the floods.

All the world knows five species of rhinos, three in South and South-East Asia and two in Africa. All species of rhinos are in the Red Book of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Indian rhino is the largest of the Asian rhinos — it is second in size only to the largest inhabitant of Asia — the elephant.

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