Dudhwa National Park Rhino
Dudhwa National Park Rhino translocation program was undertaken by Government in 1984 comprising of two males and three females as their second home from Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam by expanding their range to reducing the risk of disease, and in-breeding. The Rhino population of Dudhwa has demonstrated positive results, the latest count stands at 42.
In order to prevent human-rhino conflict in the nearby villages and cultivation, The ID-based rhino monitoring program in Dudhwa has now become the standard method for monitoring in the rhino reintroduction area. For the successful implementation of this program, it took the will sustainable forest management program of all stakeholders viz. locals, Uttar Pradesh Forest Department, and the World Wide Fund for Nature – India (WWF-India).
India is home to the largest population of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros, which is found in great numbers in and around Kaziranga, Assam. While rhino reintroductions have happened in more than one place, the Rhino relocation is considered one of the better models. Rhinos play an important role in the ecosystem as their absence directly impacts the survival of other mammals, fish, insects and birds.
The Sonaripur Safari Zone is known for its Greater One Horned Rhino sightings.