31 Aug, 2022
Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation, Kaziranga Completes 20 Years
Kaziranga Wildlife Rehab Centre has successfully completed 20 years on August 28 this year. Established in 2002, the centre has handled more than 7,000 animals in distress and most importantly, sent 65% of them (around 4,490 animals) back to the forests after providing them proper care and treatment.
Marking the official date of its establishment, Assam’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Chief Wildlife Warden, M.K. Yadava said on Sunday, “The CWRC has become a model now in the field of wildlife conservation and its needs in Assam. With the dedicated service of the team CWRC, we could save many injured, orphaned and marooned animals, especially during the flood in Kaziranga.”
Vivek Menon, who is the founder and executive director of WTI, the partner organisation of CWRC said, “The centre has shown how civil society and governments can work together to bring top science and rehabilitation methods to India and successfully address conservation as well as welfare needs of wildlife. WTI is committed to continuing to upgrade the CWRC as a centre of excellence in the field of wildlife conservation in India.”
Let’s know some details of the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC).
Where is the wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre?
The wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre is located in Panbari, Assam near Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve.
What does the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation in Kaziranga do?
- The Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation in Kaziranga provides emergency care and treatment and rehabilitates the indigenous Assam wildlife, who were displaced due to various reasons. It’s a joint initiative of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), the Assam Forest Department and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
- The Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation in Kaziranga currently has two mobile veterinary services located in Dibru Saikhowa National Park (eastern Assam) and Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary (western Assam).
- Kaziranga Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is the only facility in India to have successfully provided rehabilitation to 357 species of wildlife including rhino, elephant, leopard, tiger, clouded leopard, wild buffalo, black bear, hog deer, wild boar, muntjac and monkeys.
- This wildlife conservation center in Kaziranga has been helping Manas National Park get back rhinos since the late 1990s after the entire population of the species was wiped out due to illegal activities.
- The centre has successfully reintroduced a rhino calf in 2006 and 20 more calves in the next two decades.
- Out of the 29 elephant calves rescued during floods and other reasons, 12 were successfully sent back to the forests.
- CWRC also rehabilitated clouded leopard cubs, which is the first such case in the world.
Why should you visit Kaziranga Wildlife Rehab Centre?
You should visit this place to explore the wildlife closely and learn about them from the experts. People like to visit this place as they can know the reasons and challenges of rehabilitation and conservation the centre has been doing successfully.
Frequently Asked Questions
When was Kaziranga Wildlife Rehab Centre established?
It was established on 28th August, 2002.
Where is Kaziranga Wildlife Rehab Centre located?
It is located in Panbari, Assam near Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve.