Rehabilitation, Conservation and A Boyfriend!

27 May, Kaziranga National Park:

In a remarkable development that might provide the strategy for the management of single gibbons living without mates in Assam, the Forest Department, Assam in collaboration with the Wildlife Trust of India, united a captive-reared female gibbon 'Siloni' with a wild male living in the Panbari Reserve Forests, near Kaziranga National Park.

“A male gibbon struck up a friendship with Siloni immediately and has been visiting her ever since. So, when Siloni was set free, the two took off together. We are sure they have found a home by now,” said Rathin Barman, a senior WTI official told The Telegraph.

The Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. B.S. Bonal was present on the occasion when the female was released. The gibbon was released as per the decision of the governing council meeting at the Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) chaired by Commissioner & Secretary (Forest), Govt. of Assam and Chief Wildlife Warden of Assam.

Within five minutes of the enclosure gate being opened, Siloni ventured out for her first ever feel of the wilderness. She has been living for more than four months in a large enclosure suspended under the canopy of a Ficus tree. The wild male has been frequenting the cage since day one, and of late even mating with the captive female through the enclosure mesh.

More than four months of acclimatization in soft release in Panbari Reserve Forest the condition was considered adequate for the establishment of pair-bonding. Soon after her release, Siloni showed more interested in exploring the forests than the wild male who has been waiting all these days for her freedom.

27 May, Kaziranga National Park:

In a remarkable development that might provide the strategy for the management of single gibbons living without mates in Assam, the Forest Department, Assam in collaboration with the Wildlife Trust of India, united a captive-reared female gibbon 'Siloni' with a wild male living in the Panbari Reserve Forests, near Kaziranga National Park.

“A male gibbon struck up a friendship with Siloni immediately and has been visiting her ever since. So, when Siloni was set free, the two took off together. We are sure they have found a home by now,” said Rathin Barman, a senior WTI official told The Telegraph.

The Chief Conservator of Forests Mr. B.S. Bonal was present on the occasion when the female was released. The gibbon was released as per the decision of the governing council meeting at the Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) chaired by Commissioner & Secretary (Forest), Govt. of Assam and Chief Wildlife Warden of Assam.

Within five minutes of the enclosure gate being opened, Siloni ventured out for her first ever feel of the wilderness. She has been living for more than four months in a large enclosure suspended under the canopy of a Ficus tree. The wild male has been frequenting the cage since day one, and of late even mating with the captive female through the enclosure mesh.

More than four months of acclimatization in soft release in Panbari Reserve Forest the condition was considered adequate for the establishment of pair-bonding. Soon after her release, Siloni showed more interested in exploring the forests than the wild male who has been waiting all these days for her freedom.

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Anonymous
6 years ago

I am going to add the hoolock gibbon to my rare animal information site at http://www.thatexists.com
Thanks for the tips!

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