Assamese singer Zubeen Garg celebrated his 41st birthday by organising a bike rally to sensitise the public on rhino poaching in Guwahati on November 18.
According to The Telegraph, “The singer was joined by hundreds of fans in the procession which started from Assam state zoo carrying placards and chanting slogans like — Save Rhino Save Assam, Our Rhino Our Pride and We Love Nature”.
“My appeal is Save Rhino Save Assam. We have lost a great number of rhinos to poaching in different parts of the state. I hope that those who engage in poaching will reform themselves and instead fight to save the animal. Not only rhinos, but the entire wildlife must be protected,” the singer told the gathering who included boxer Shiva Thapa, the youngest Indian boxer to qualify for the Olympics.
Ya Ali’s hit-maker is also quoted announcing a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh to anyone leading to information about Rhino poachers, a report by IansLive.in.
Rhino horn is a lucrative rare commodity that’s worth half a million dollars in international markets, especially south-east Asia.
In ten months this year, 23 rhinos have been poached at Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is home to the world’s largest population of one horned rhinos — enumerating 2,329 rhino figures according to the March 2013 census, has seen an alarming number of poaching incidents over the last two years.