The five-day survey on the two species, which concluded on Sunday, was a collaborative initiative comprising park officials and individual grassland experts. A total of 17 camp sites under prime grassland habitat were surveyed under two ranges of Bansbari and Bhuyanpara respectively.

The survey has brought out the status of their habitats and also raised hopes for their long-term conservation. According to sources, the population of pygmy hog is now virtually confined to Manas National Park.

Manas had an estimated 150 pygmy hogs in 2008. In India, hispid hares are found more or less in fragmented habitats in Assam, West Bengal, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. Grasslands are the important habitats for these two species.

Located about 200 km away from Guwahati, the Manas National Park is a Unesco World Heritage site, a Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve.


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