Find out more about our work with rescued elephants and rhinos on TV!

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Have you ever wondered what’s involved in rehabilitating young elephants, rhinos and other wildlife?

If so, you won’t want to miss a brand new two-part TV special presented by Paul O’Grady which will feature some of the rescued animals being cared for at our Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) in north-eastern India.

The centre, which IFAW supports in partnership with the Wildlife Trust for India (WTI), is the only facility in India where orphaned or injured wild animals are hand-raised and treated and subsequently returned to the wild.

Both episodes of ‘Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Animals – India’ are available to watch on the ITV Hub here and here for 30 days after broadcast. Here's a preview of what to expect:

Tweet along with the hashtag #poganimals to let us know what you think of the programme.  We've blown away by the many lovely reactions on social media!

Since it was launched in 2002, the centre has handled close to 4,500 animal cases, with an impressive 60% success rate in releasing back to the wild. CWRC regularly takes in orphaned, injured or abandoned Indian greater one-horned rhino and elephant calves, as well as other wildlife such as gibbons, jungle cats, Asiatic black bear cubs and snakes.

Elephants come to the centre for a variety of reasons; including human/animal conflict, decreased habitat, dislocation and separation from their herd due to regular flooding in Kaziranga National Park and falling into drainage ditches in the area’s many tea plantations.

Paul O’Grady was able to spend time with young elephants at various stages of rehabilitation, observing and assisting with their daily care. He also met some of the rhino calves pulled from floodwaters caused by Kaziranga’s worst monsoon in decades last year.

The film crew travelled to Manas National Park where many rhinos rehabilitated at CWRC have been released back into the wild. Some of these rhinos have gone on to successfully breed at Manas and are helping repopulate the park whose rhino population had previously been completely wiped out by poaching during years of civil unrest. One of the programmes will feature the release of a rescued clouded leopard.

Having been fortunate enough to visit CWRC and Manas and witness for myself the inspiring and vital work being carried out by our dedicated wildlife rescue staff caring for vulnerable animals day in and day out, I can recommend that you tune in to see for yourself!

--CS

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