IFAW - rehabilitated elephant joins wild herd!
This is a video of "Babu" a baby elephant rescued by IFAW and now rehabilitated and re-integrated into a wild elephant herd in Manas National Park in Assam, India. Babu's story started out sad and traumatic - as Babu was separated from his mother and his wild elephant family during the notorious floods of the Kaziranga National Park in Assam in 2004.
Luckily for Babu, he was found by staff of the national park and with help from IFAW's rescue team was saved from near drowning. Babu's challenging journey had however only just begun and the trauma wasn't over yet. Babu was very, very young and struggled with alien milk formula, diarrhea and a strange (but loving) human family, who hand-raised and saw him through his critical first two years of elephant infancy at IFAW's Wildlife Rescue Center in Assam. Babu was then ready to move with his little family of other orphaned baby elephants to the next steps in his young life: his walk to freedom. In 2007, he was moved with five other baby elephants to the Elephant Rehabilitation Station in Manas National Park, where he was acclimatized to the wild environment which was soon to be his home.
Since then, Babu has made spectacular progress and, as seen in this video, joined a wild herd in Manas!
Asian elephants are on Schedule One of the Wildlife Protection Act of India and Appendix 1 of CITES, they are critically endangered and face threats from habitat destruction and degradation, poaching for ivory trade and from conflict with humans. Elephants are also victims of natural disasters such as floods when they are babies. IFAW works to protect elephants in Asia and in Africa through international campaigns against the ivory trade, protection of the elephant habitat and rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned elephants. Babu's re-integration to the wild is a landmark event as it’s the first time a rehabilitated Asian elephant has been documented with a wild herd in India, proof of its resounding success.
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