The great Indian rhinoceros is also known as the one-horned rhinoceros and is listed as a vulnerable species. It is a native of the Indian subcontinent. The most important habitat of this animal includes the entire stretch of the Indo Gangetic Plains of Northern India and also the southern part of Nepal.
According to a survey conducted in the year 2015, there are about 2500 odd Indian rhinoceros, which are estimated to live in the wild forests of the country. The one-horned rhino is found in the ranges which include the grasslands of the Terai and the river basins of Brahmaputra which stretch across the northern part of the country.
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Have a look at some of the places where one can spot these endangered species, and make sure you visit atleast one of them.
Dudhwa National Park
The Dudhwa National Park is located in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh and is home to a large number of endangered species such as Hispid hre, Barasingha and the Indian rhinoceros.
The Indian rhino was reintroduced into the National Park which is at present home to about 21 of them. The national park along with Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary and the Katamiaghat Wildlife Sanctuary forms the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.
Manas National Park
The Manas National Park is well known for its rare and endangered wildlife. The fauna of this sanctuary includes Indian elephants, Gaurs, Asian water buffaloes and the Indian rhinos.
The park is also well known for its large population of wild water buffalo and the endangered Bengal florican in the country.
Orang National Park
Located on the banks of the Brahmaputra river, the Orang National Park is also known as the mini Kaziranga National Park.
Due to its similarity in the landscape and grasslands, the park is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna which not only includes the one-horned rhino but also the royal Bengal tiger, pygmy hog and many others.
Kaziranga National Park
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The Kaziranga National Park is home to the largest population of adult Indian rhinos and also has the highest density of tigers in the country.
A World Heritage Site, it hosts two-thirds of the world's great one-horned rhinoceros. The park also has a sizable population of avian species, elephants, gaur, wild cats and snakes.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to a large population of Indian rhinos in the world. The sanctuary is located 30 km east of Guwahati and has a very dense population of the one-horned rhinoceros, along with 2000 odd migratory birds and various reptiles.