Rehabilitated rhinos sighted in Indian forest range

Rhino Sighting

Nearly two years after going back to the wild, Sohola, the hand-raised adult male rhino that was released in the western forest range of Kaziranga National Park was sighted today near Gendamari forest camp.

Sohola along with another hand-raised male rhino, Baghmari, was released by IFAW-WTI and Assam Forest Department at Bagori forest range of Kaziranga National Park on 17th March 2015.

Baghmari was also sighted a few days ago.

Both the rhinos’ monitoring collars had dropped last year. They are now identified by their ear tags.

Both have survived two major floods that inundated almost 80 percent of the park. K M Abdul Awal, a forest guard of Gendamari camp, reported that rhinos moved to the high ground of another forest camp area during the floods but returned to Gendamari after the grassland surfaced again.

The sightings are testimony to the rehabilitation process of the IFAW- WTI-run Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) that puts back wildlife where they belong – back to the wild. 

--RG

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