KOHORA, May 12 � Thailand will extend its helping hand in the conservation and protection of rhinos along with other wildlife in the Kaziranga National Park and other protected areas of Assam, provided the Indian government agrees to the proposal at the highest level through bilateral talks.
This was revealed by Tharadal Thungrung, Minister Councillor-cum-Consulate General, Embassy of Thailand, New Delhi. The Thai envoy was at Da-Gaon, Kaziranga where he declared open the Mukali Bihu as the chief guest.
Talking exclusively to this correspondent Thungrung said that the Government of Thailand would offer its technological expertise as also manpower to check the poaching of rhinos in Assam. �If the Indian government says �yes� to the proposal, the joint effort would definitely help in keeping a check on the poaching activities in this part of the country,� he said.
While pointing out the overpopulation of some wildlife species in Assam�s protected areas, including the one-horned rhinos, the Thai envoy felt that the need of the hour is to have a comprehensive policy of wild animal exchange programme with Thailand so that some of the rare wild species from that country could be brought to the Indian zoos, including the State Zoo of Assam, for the better management of wildlife in the forests.
Thungrung also stressed the need of a good cultural relation programme with Assam since topographically and geographically, Thailand and Northeast India have much similar customs.