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Kaziranga National Park in Assam has got a memorial made out of the ash of burnt rhino horns

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  • Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday unveiled three rhino statues sculpted from ashes of rhino horns in Kaziranga.
  • The three statues include a mother, baby rhino and one male rhino at Mihimukh in Kaziranga for display.
  • It is memorial to the greater one-horned rhino the forest guards the 1,300 sq. km tiger reserve owes its existence to.
  • The male rhino is 10.5 feet long and 6 feet tall, the female is 11 feet long and 5.6 feet tall while the calf is 3.5 feet long and 1.5 feet tall.
  • On the World Rhino Day last year, a stockpile of 2,479 rhino horns was consigned to flames, remotely using drones at the World Heritage Site. They were seized/collected over the past four decades.
  • According to park authorities, 128.56 kg of ash was used in the making of the memorial. Sculptors Biju Das crafted the three rhinos while Biren Singha created the statues of the forest guards.
  • “The ash collected has been used to create these three rhinos immortalizing the efforts of those who selflessly protect Assam’s rhinos.”
  • The memorial has been named as ‘Abode of the Unicorns’ and it took six months to complete.

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