Kaziranga National Park, India. A huge, sprawling national park that is world renowned for the work it does with the conservation of rhinos. But they have a problem. A big one… POACHERS. They’re fighting back, though. A new rule allows authorities to SHOOT poachers in order to protect the animals there. And it’s working! Last year, more poachers were shot by guards at Kaziranga than rhinos.
A hundred years ago – when it was first founded – Kaziranga only had around a hundred or so Indian one-horned rhinoceroses. Now? They’ve got around 2,500. So they do good work. But the new law? That allows them to shoot poachers? It’s provong effective, but controversial.
“The instruction is whenever you see the poachers or hunters, we should start our guns and hunt them,“ a ranger at Kaziranga told journalists recently. “Fully ordered to shoot them. Whenever you see the poachers or any people during night-time we are ordered to shoot them…”
Their horns (the rhinos’, not the poachers’) can be sold as so-called ‘miracle cures’ across Asia and sell for as much as $6,000 per 100g.