Aaranyak Honors Unsung K9 Unit Hero Zorba on I-Day

Guwahati, August 15: A nation flourishes when its nature remains abundantly resourceful to support human life and activities. The conservation of nature and its resources in accordance with development goals is of paramount importance to an independent nation whose people are empowered to determine their destiny.

As our nation celebrates its 76th Independence Day on Monday, citizens around the world celebrated the day in festive fashion. The people commemorated the martyrs who made the extreme sacrifice during the independence movement and continue to inspire us by giving us work to build a strong nation.

Aaranyak (www.aaranyak.org), one of India’s leading biodiversity conservation organizations, chose I-Day to commend an unusual and unsung hero who has contributed no less to nature conservation and conservation. sustaining life. The NGO has congratulated Zorba, the first member of the organization’s prized K9 unit at its headquarters here as part of the Independence Day celebration.

Aaranyak Vice President Dr Dilip Chetry praised the canine hero as the public paid homage to Zorba, who has helped wildlife officials in Assam hunt down more than 60 poachers over the years.

It was the first time in the country that this Belgian Malinois dog, Zorba, was deployed to track/catch criminals involved in the poaching of valuable one-horned rhinos in Assam. During an 8-year career since 2011 and spanning various rhino protection areas in Assam – Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Orang National Park – Zorba has been actively engaged in operations to fight against poaching.

Aaranyak CEO, Dr. Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, a globally recognized expert on rhino conservation and wildlife crime, spoke about Zorba’s invaluable contribution to the prevention of wildlife crime during the congratulation ceremony.

“The reason this particular breed was preferred for setting up the Aaranyak K9 team is because of their extreme ability to drive prey. Once they detected a scent, they tracked and that they have reached a lead, they have the ability to outrun and knock down the suspect should he attempt to escape.

“Members of our K9 team, including Zorba, have assisted forestry officials with vital clues to poachers’ escape routes after rhino poaching incidents that led to the arrests of the culprits by forestry officials and police. in different cases.” said Dr. Talukdar.

Zorba was relieved of his duties in December 2019 and is currently in intensive care.

Aaranyak’s K9 canine squad, made up of six Belgian Melinian units and their handlers, actively assisted forest and police officials in Kaziranga and Manas National Park, as well as other rhino breeding areas. in Assam, resulting in the arrest of many poachers by law enforcement. agencies.

The K9 unit has been operating to protect wildlife in Assam with the generous support of UK-based organization the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation since 2011 and NABU-Germany since 2017.

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