Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation

 Letter from Belinda Wright, Executive Director, Wildlife Protection Society of India

February 2013

Wild rhinos are increasingly being attacked by heavily armed insurgents. These are poachers with AK 47's now involved in poaching wild rhinos. Rhinos have also been hammered by natural monsoon flooding. We believe that there are about 3,000 wild rhinos in various national parks in India. The government of the state Assam has been "repositioning" so-called "wild" rhinos and beginning to arm members of India's elite enforcement agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation. It is tough and dangerous work for the forest guards. It reminds me of the beginnings of a civil war.

According to a 2011 census, Nepal is home to 534 rhinos. I'm not very up-to-date on the rhino poaching situation in Nepal but I don't think it will be long before that population too will be targeted. I'll keep you all informed as events occur. We must mobilize the public to accept only evidence-based science when it comes to wild species. I'll stay in touch.