UK Royals to visit our wildlife rescue centre, elephant corridor partners in India

Update: Royal visit a delight all around!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoy feeding orphaned elephants at the IFAW-Wildlife Trust of India Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation

Yesterday, we were lucky to have nice weather as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the IFAW-Wildlife Trust of India Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation in Kaziranga, as part of this week’s tour in India! The Royal couple were delighted to bottle feed and play with the orphan rhinos who remain in our care until they are old enough and strong enough to survive in the wild.

The Duke and Dutchess help with feeding orphaned elephants and baby rhinos

I am so delighted to join Vivek Menon in welcoming the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to IFAW and Wildlife Trust of India’s Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation in Kaziranga during their upcoming visit to India.

The Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) is the leading wildlife rehabilitation facility in India and is a joint effort of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Assam Forest Department (AFD).

The rescue centre cares for Indian rhinos, elephants, clouded leopards and a wide variety of other species that make up India’s rich biodiversity. 

It provides an amazing opportunity to see some of the world’s rarest creatures, which never fails to inspire visitors to support wildlife conservation.

Since 2000, IFAW and WTI have been working with the Indian government, other organizations and local communities to rescue wildlife, protect habitat and help domestic and wild animals in the wake of disasters in this region.

A month ago, the centre made headlines in the Daily Mail for the creative work of veterinarian Dr. Panjit Basumantary, who fitted two orphaned elephants with pajamas and socks for better sleeping at night. (Small elephants have a hard time regulating their own body temperature.)

Dr Basumatary, a vet at the IFAW-WTI rescue centere, dressed two young elephants in pyjamas and night socks to get them to go to sleep. PHOTO: © Roger Allen.

The flourishing of this collaborative relationship has helped reinvigorate the biodiversity of the region, protecting endangered tigers, elephants, rhinos, clouded leopards and other animals.

Just across the path from the rescue centre and also on the Royal schedule is the Kaziranga Discovery Park (KDP), a facility developed by WTI and AFD to showcase the splendours of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The KDP has the Mark Shand Learning Centre for Asian elephants, a clinic for captive elephants run by Elephant Family and an IFAW-WTI learning centre on wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. IFAW and WTI have also collaborated with Elephant Family in the Asian Elephant Alliance to help raise money to protect elephant migration corridors in India.

We are pleased that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be bringing significant attention to the fact that all of us around the world can contribute to protecting biodiversity in India.

 I will be posting updates from the visit. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see the latest news.


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