Rescued, rehabilitated rhino gives birth in Manas National Park

rehabilitated rhino gives birth to second rhino calf in manas national park

Jamuna, a female rhino who had been rehabilitated into the wild by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and the Assam Forest Department in 2010, has given birth to her second calf in Manas National Park, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this weekend.

The calf was first seen by frontline forest staff of the Bansbari Range during their early morning patrol. The calf's presence was later confirmed by a field team of IFAW-WTI’s Greater Manas Conservation Project.

This is the sixth calf born to the rhinos rehabilitated under our project and marks another significant milestone in our collective efforts to restore Manas to its former glory” said Dr Choudhury, head veterinarian. “It is a matter of great pride for IFAW-WTI, the Assam Forest Department and the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC). Our thanks also to WWF-India, who translocated the rhino that fathered this calf from Kaziranga to Manas, and to the local community for their continuing tolerance towards rhinos despite instances of crop raiding.”

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Jamuna is the third rhino rehabilitated under the Greater Manas Conservation Project. She had been rescued by the Assam Forest Department during the 2004 monsoon floods in Kaziranga National Park and brought to the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation -- IFAW-WTI and the Assam Forest Department’s wildlife rescue, treatment and rehabilitation facility near Kaziranga -- where she was hand-raised. She was transported to Manas and released into the wild in November 2010. She birthed her first calf, a female, in 2014.

IFAW/WTI's effort to repopulate Manas depends on success stories like this. We look forward to keeping you updated on Jamuna and her new calf. 

--RGC

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