Jalpaiguri (WB) (PTI): The number of rhinoceros in Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary of north Bengal has increased from 14 to 122 in 21 years.
The number of one horned rhinoceros in Jaldapara was 14 in 1986, 108 in February 2006 and presently 122, after the birth of a cub early this week, said Monindra Chandra Biswas, Divisional Forest Officer, Cooch Behar Wildlife Division.
The rate of increase was quite satisfactory. It had been possible due to development of rhino habitat including cultivation of fodder and by launching better protection system which stopped poaching, Biswas said.
However, in Garumara National Park, another rhino habitat zone in north Bengal, the situation was not as satisfactory as that in Jaldapara.The number of rhinos in Garumara was about thirty which were only eight in 1986, sources in the national park said