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A newborn rhino with its mother at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Morigaon district of Assam on Monday.

Too many cattle are robbing the one-horned rhinos of Assam's Pobitora  Wildlife Sanctuary, referred to as 'Mini Kaziranga' for similar features,  of their nutritious food.

 

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has the largest density of one-horned rhinos in the world and second highest concentration in Assam after Kaziranga National Park.
    It is often called ‘Mini Kaziranga’ due to the same  landscape and vegetation.
  • The wildlife sanctuary is home to endangered one-horned rhinoceros and the other mammals such as Leopard, Leopard cat, Fishing cat, Jungle cat, Feral Buffalo, Wild pigs, Chinese pangolins, etc.
  • About 72% of Pobitora Sanctuary consists of wet savannah of Arundo donax and Saccharum. The remaining area is covered by water bodies.

  • Water hyacinth (an invasive aquatic plant) is a bigger problem to the area especially to waterfowl, as it becomes a  thick mats on the water surface.
  • There are 5 national parks in Assam namely,
    • Dibru-Saikhowa National Park,
    • Kaziranga National Park,
    • Manas National Park,
    • Nameri National Park,
    • Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park.
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