KAZIRANGA, Nov 21 - There is an interlink between the forests of Kaziranga and Nameri-Burachapori-Laokhowa and the foothills of Karbi Anglong. So there are established migratory routes and wildlife corridors to these forest areas from Kaziranga National Park. This was the observation made by Dr Rajiv Basumatary of DR College, Golaghat during a workshop on �Conservation of Wildlife� held at Forest Convention Center, Kohora organised by Himalayan Area Regional Development Society , a wildlife NGO from Golaghat.
Making his presentation as a resource person, Dr Basumatory, a zoologist, said that conservation and protection of flora and fauna in wildlife sanctuaries and national parks which are interlinked with Kaziranga, are very important for the ultimate survival of Kaziranga National Park, since most of the wild animals including rhinos, elephants, tigers etc., migrate from one forest area to another. Dr Basumatary informed this correspondent that erection of fencing at the boundary of Kaziranga National Park would only worsen the situation as it would lead to depression in inbreeding among the wild animals and there would be mutation, leading to genetical problems in the wild animals thereby making the offsprings weaker.
Erection of fencings at the boundary of Kaziranga parks make the area isolated and obstruct the free migration of wild animals and prevent breeding with wild animals of other adjacent forest areas surrounding Kaziranga. Dr Basumatary also suggested that the chaporis of Brahmaputra should be protected from encroachment, which will help the wildlife to make those areas their new habitat in the coming days. Already more than 60 sq km area has been washed away by the Brahmaputra due to massive erosion at Kaziranga National Park.
Later, wildlife conservation awards was given to reporters namely Swapan Nath from Aamar Asom, Ranjit Rajok of News Live, Nilu Archaya of Dainik Janambhumi, Bikash Sharma of Pratidin and Uttam Saikia, a TV reporter.