Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen, who is also a rhino conservationist, landed in Assam to shot a feature film one-horned rhinos of Kaziranga National Park, two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses.
“1st day filming and it’s been exactly what we expected – SPECTACULAR. To experience the raw beauty of India in places I’ve never been, is so special! #IncredibleIndia (sic),” the cricketer, who reached Guwahati on March 4th, 2020, tweeted.
The cricketer called on the Assam Forest and Environment Minister Parimal Suklabaidya on March 4th, 2020, in Guwahati. He also expressed his willingness to take part in the upcoming opening ceremony of the Kaziranga Utsav on the March 11th, 2020 at Kohra region.
The minister thanked Pietersen for highlighting and raising awareness on the one-horned rhinos of the national park. The cricketer congratulated the minister for his achievements of bringing down the figures of rhino poaching across the state in recent times.
Pietersen has a charity, Save our Rhino’s in Africa and India (SORAI) to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned or injured rhinos in Africa and India. He is working to raise awareness globally and educate people about this endangered species.
It may be mentioned that since 2013, more than 1,000 rhinos a year have been killed in South Africa – poached for the black market price of their horn, according to conservation charity Save the Rhino International.
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