World Rhino Day update: 8 rescued rhinos thriving in India wildlife center

When the worst floods hit the northeastern state of Assam this year, IFAW- WTI Animal Rescue teams successfully rescued nine rhino calves from the flood waters to give them a new lease of life. One of the rescued rhinos was released to safer grounds while eight were brought to the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation at Kaziranga to be hand-raised until ready for release back to the wild.

Almost two months since their rescue, all the calves are treated, stabilized and under the watchful eyes of keepers.  

They spend time outdoors in a specially created paddock with water bodies to help them hone their wild instincts.

Their formula feeds will continue until they are weaned and subsequently moved to acclimatize at their release site at around three years of age.

Kaziranga National Park holds 70 percent of the population of this species. IFAW- WTI teams have to date attended to more than 60 cases of rhinos through mobile veterinary service units. The IFAW-WTI run Wildlife Rescue Centre works with the Assam Forest Department to attend to wildlife emergencies, rescue, hand-raise and rehabilitate wild animals under established protocols.

READ: Three flood-rescued rhino calves explore their outdoor paddock

Since its inception in 2001, we’ve released 10 rescued, hand-raised and rehabilitated rhinos to the wild, of which eight were released in Manas National Park and two rhinos in Kaziranga National Park. Three of the released females in Manas have given birth to calves in the wild on multiple occasions, thus augmenting the rhino population of this once beleaguered UNESCO World Heritage Site.

IFAW- WTI have further trained and equipped 675 frontline forest staff in Assam for enhanced protection of rhinos. World Rhino Day is upon us once again and despite dwindling numbers of all species of rhinos, we at IFAW-WTI have reasons to celebrate rhinos in India.


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