Guwahati, Aug 14: On the eve of Independence Day, Aaranyak, a premier biodiversity research and conservation organisation in the country, provided 140 raincoats to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) in Morigaon district in Assam for the front-line forest staff engaged in maintaining vigil against wildlife crime during the tough monsoon season in the wildlife habitat known for its treasure trove of one-horned Indian rhinoceros.
In a brief event this morning held at the range office of the WLS, Dr Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, the CEO of Aaranyak along with his team gifted the raincoats to forest staff of the sanctuary. Aaranyak is grateful to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) for sponsoring these raincoats that will be very helpful for the forest staff in carrying out their duty during the rainy season.
The Range Officer of Pobitora WLS, Nayan Jyoti Das, urges forest staff to be alert against wildlife crime especially rhino poaching and expressed gratitude to Aaranyak for providing the field equipment.
The 38.85 square kilometre Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is home to one of the largest Indian rhinoceros’ populations in the country and it boasts highest rhino density on the planet with a population of over 100 one-horned rhinos in such a small area.
The wildlife sanctuary which has a number of wetlands, is flocked by thousands of varied winged visitors every winter.