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50 Year-Old Bankey, the Oldest Rhino at Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh Dies

The oldest rhino at Dudhwa National Park dies

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Lakhimpur Kheri, December 1, 2016: Bankey – the oldest rhino at Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh– has died.

50-year-old Bankey had fathered most of the rhinos at the Park. There are currently 32 rhinos in Dudhwa, most of them are his offsprings.

Bankey was one of the five rhinos brought to Dudhwa in 1984 from Assam under the rhino relocation programme.

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Deputy Director Dudhwa, Mahavir Kaujlagi confirmed on Wednesday, “the founder member of rhino family, Bankey was found dead in Rhino Rehabilitation Park on Wednesday.”

The Post-mortem was carried out by a team of three veterinary doctors and they confirmed that old-age related problems were the cause of his death.

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a "Selfie with Green UP"

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day
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Uttar Pradesh surpassed its own target of planting 9 crore saplings in a single day when by end of Wednesday, 9.26 crore saplings were planted, an official said on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, soon after the record was breached, congratulated officials over the feat.

Briefing reporters on the success, Minister of Forests and Environment, Dara Singh Chauhan said at the last count, 9.26 crore saplings had been planted across the state and the number was likely to go up when a final headcount will be done within a day.

Adityanath planted saplings at Kusmahi forest in Gorakhpur while Governor Ram Naik planted a sapling at the Gomti riverfront in the state capital.

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A plantation drive in Ghaziabad.

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a “Selfie with Green UP”, a campaign which was an instant hit, with many social organisations, schools and even bureaucrats clicking selfie pictures with plants.

MPs, legislators, women, youth, public representatives and NCC cadets also participated in the plantation drive that went on through out the day, officials told IANS.

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Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) S.K. Upadhyaya said that the last date of the ‘selfie with green UP’ campaign would go on till August 20, after which the best selfies would be selected and awarded at district level. (IANS)