IFAW Helps Rescue Baby Elephants in India!
India is home to approximately 350 species of mammals, many of them living in one of the 59 National Parks and 372 sanctuaries spread out on the Indian Subcontinent. These forests are also home to two endangered large mammal species: the Asian Elephant and the Greater One-horned rhinoceros.
In India’s Northeast, IFAW has been working with its partner organization the Wildlife Trust of India and the Assam Forest Department to rescue these rhino and elephant calves when they become orphaned. Floods, human-animal conflict, and mud pits or ditches can all put animals in grave danger. The emergency relief teams stationed just outside Kaziranga National park work year-round to save and rehabilitate the impacted animals.
IFAW’s efforts in India will ultimately help repopulate world-heritage site Manas National Park that lost scores of wildlife including all its rhinos during armed conflict more than 10 years ago. The release of these rehabilitated animals is the first of its kind in India’s history.
The following videos show the relocation of a young female rhino that at only a year and a half old has become the fourth rhino in Manas National Park. At the same time, a pair of elephant calves, Deepak and Baba also arrived to the park and are slowly exploring their new wild surroundings that will become home for many years to come.
This post was filed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare's Emergency Responder Michael Booth.