Special Rhino Protection Force (SRPF) has been currently deployed across the Kaziranga National Park

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Special Rhino Protection Force (SRPF) has been currently deployed across the Kaziranga National Park
04 July 2019 Current Affairs: The Special Rhino Protection Force (SRPF) has been currently deployed across the Kaziranga National Park. A first ever batch of 82 constables of a SRPF has been deployed in various parts of UNESCO World Heritage Site Kaziranga National Park in Assam.
The force consists of 74 men and 8 women who underwent 43 weeks of training. The constables assumed their duties across the national park to protect one horned rhino.
 
Aim:
This is the first time a special force that has been dedicated to keep a check on rhino poaching and related activities in the Kaziranga National Park.
From 2013, there was rampant rhino poaching in Kaziranga. In 2013 and 2014, 27 poaching incidents each year was reported. In the last 2 years there has been 6 cases each year. In 2019, there have been three cases so far.
 
About Kaziranga:
Kaziranga National Park, the prestigious national park of India, is situated in the state of Assam. It was created in 1908 and it was declared as National Park on 11 February 1974. It was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1985.
 
About Rhinos in Kaziranga:
The Assam state forest department reported that there are 2,547 rhinos in Assam in its 2018 census.
Greater One-Horned rhinoceros and the Asian One-Horned Rhinoceros falls under the IUCN list of endangered species. A report said that about 3,000 Rhinos live in the wild, and around 2000 of which are found in Kazirnaga National Park.

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