Another threat is from the annual flooding of the mighty Brahmaputra which claims many lives each monsoon time. When the floods recede however, Kaziranga becomes a haven for wildlife, its marshland , grassland and forest proving a magnet to a plethora of life. As well as the rhino’s, large wild herds of elephants roam, sometimes as much as 200 strong, water buffalo are common as are numerous deer like the hog deer and barasingha which prove good prey for the tigers and leopards. Capped langurs and hoolock gibbons can sometimes be seen in the woodland and the whole park abounds with an astonishing variety of birdlife. The specialities are wildfowl like pelicans, egrets and storks and an array of raptors like white tailed eagle, himalayan griffon, crested serpent eagle and Pallas’s fishing eagle to name but a few.