DERGAON/KAZIRANGA, March 11 - Former England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen said India is the leader in rhino conservation in the global scenario while rhino is the iconic symbol of Assam.
The cricketer and nature lover, who is doing a documentary on rhino conservation, told this to reporters at the Forest Inspection Bungalow at Bagori in Kaziranga on Wednesday. He said there are big problems in the conservation of rhinos in South Africa while in Assam everyone is in favour of saving rhinos.
�The conservation efforts are being carried out in Kaziranga systematically,� Kevin said.
Interacting with reporters, the former captain said the people of Assam in general and Kaziranga, in particular, are culturally unique and the people here are very hospitable.
The press meet was attended by the park director P Sivakumar and Assistant Conservator of Forest Ritupaban Bora. �Everyone in Kaziranga cares for wildlife and is ready to help and cooperate with someone who is working for the conservation of wildlife,� Pietersen said, adding, �I will come again to Kaziranga.�
When asked about choosing Kaziranga for his upcoming documentary, Pietersen said his film on wildlife conservation will showcase the positive aspects of Assam where there is community participation in conservation and protection of wildlife including rhinos in the Kaziranga National Park. He said his film on wildlife conservation will be shown on the National Geographic channel.