Rescued Rhino Rehabilitated by IFAW-WTI and the Assam Forest Department into Manas National Park Gives Birth to Second Calf in the Wild

Rescued Rhino Rehabilitated by IFAW-WTI and the Assam Forest Department into Man
Tuesday, 5 September, 2017
Manas National Park, Assam

‘Jamuna’, a female rhino that 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 morning.

The calf was first seen by frontline forest staff of the Bansbari Range during their early morning patrol. Its presence was later confirmed by a field team of IFAW-WTI’s Greater Manas Conservation Project, comprising Dr Bhaskar Choudhury, WTI's Head Veterinarian (North East) and the project-in-charge, and animal keeper Debajit Saikia.

“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. “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, which had 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.”

Jamuna was 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.

“I’m extremely pleased to received this news”, said HK Sarma, IFS, Field Director, Manas National Park. “This is the first rhino calf born in Manas in nearly 20 months. My congratulations to IFAW-WTI, BTC and other stakeholders on this happy occasion.”

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)

Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on social at @action4ifaw and Facebook/IFAW.

 

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