Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday invited Leonardo DiCaprio to visit Kaziranga National Park, famous for its one-horned rhinoceroses, after the Hollywood actor praised the state government for its efforts to stop poaching of the animal.
In an Instagram post, DiCaprio wrote that the Assam government’s efforts that began in 2021 met with success the following year when no rhinos were poached in Kaziranga National Park.
Wildlife conservation is an integral part of our cultural identity.
We are committed to persevering and protecting our rich cultural heritage.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) February 9, 2023
“Wildlife conservation is an integral part of our cultural identity. We are committed to persevering and protecting our rich cultural heritage. Thank you for your kind words, @LeoDiCaprio, and I warmly invite you to @kaziranga_and Assam,” Mr Sarma said. in a tweet.
He also shared a screenshot of DiCaprio’s Instagram post praising the government’s efforts.
The Academy Award-winning actor wrote that in 2021, the government of Assam planned to end poaching of the greater one-horned rhinoceros in Kaziranga National Park after killing about 190 pachyderms for their horns between 2000 and 2021.
“In 2022, they reached their goal and there were no rhino poachers in the area for the first time since 1977,” said the ‘Titanic’ star.
DiCaprio also mentioned that KNP is home to 2,200 rhinos, which is about a third of the world’s rhino population, and, citing a World Wildlife Fund report, added that the world’s population of the rare rhino has risen to about 3,700 from about 200 at the moment. the beginning of the 20th century.
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