The Assam Kaziranga University

Due to the continuing floods in Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNPTR) and other National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries across the state, the Assam Forest Department has constructed over 40 highlands to provide shelter for animals.

Minister for Environment and Forests Parimal Suklabaidya revealed this on Wednesday, saying that his department is fully prepared to save animals from the present floods in Kaziranga and other national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.

He said, “We have successfully completed the construction of around 40 highlands for tackling the prevailing flood situations in Kaziranga and other National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries.”

According to Suklabaidya, the new highlands have been professionally designed with enough grass and fruit-bearing plants such as elephant apple and Indian gooseberry.

Suklabaidya revealed that a newborn elephant was saved from drowning on Tuesday morning while stating that his department has made a slew of steps to cope with the flood in a better and more effective manner.

Meanwhile, KNPTR Director Jatin Sharma stated that the park contains 144 man-made highlands, 33 of which are large enough to house animals during floods. They’ve also constructed an 8.5-kilometre road-cum-highland to provide shelter for animals during floods.

The Assam Kaziranga University