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KAZIRANGA PARK SET TO BE EXPANDED BY 3,053 HECTARES

KAZIRANGA PARK SET TO BE EXPANDED BY 3,053 HECTARES

Context

The Assam Government is to extend the Kaziranga National Park Area.

Details

  • The Assam Government has  issued a notification approving the seventh, eighth, and ninth additions to the Kaziranga National Park, which will have 176 hectares, 307 hectares, and 2,570 hectares respectively.
  • The seventh and eighth additions will connect the Kaziranga park with Karbi Anglong hills while the ninth addition will stretch to the Nameri National Park in Sonitpur district.

Significance of the Move

  • It will give adequate space to the animal population which is increasing and can help surplus population migrate to  neighbouring habitats.
  • It will act as a habitats-cum-corridors.
  • It will ensure better corridor connectivity with Orang National Park, Nameri National Park, and Karbi Anglong and reduce the fragmentation of habitat.

About Kaziranga National Park

  • It was formed in 1908 on the recommendation of Mary Curzon.
  • It is located in the edge of the Eastern Himalayan biodiversity hotspots – Golaghat and Nagaon district.
  • In the year 1985, the park was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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