| Maju waits outside a crate at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation in Kaziranga before being shifted to Manas National Park on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos |
Jorhat, Feb. 20: A sub-adult rhino was shifted to Manas National Park from the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), near Kaziranga, today.
The four-year-old male rhino, Maju, was less than a month old when he was found abandoned at Baghmari of Kaziranga National Park on September 10, 2009. He was subsequently shifted to CWRC where it was hand-raised.
“Maju will be kept in an enclosure at Manas, along with two other rhinos shifted from CWRC last month, for some time before they are released in the wild,” a forest official said.
Since 2006, five rhinos, three female and two male, that were hand-reared at CWRC, have been shifted and rehabilitated at Manas National Park. Two more rhinos from CWRC were shifted to Manas on January 28.
CWRC is a wildlife rehabilitation facility jointly run by the Assam forest department and International Fund for Animal Welfare - Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI).
CWRC has been serving the animals in distress in and around Kaziranga since 2002 and successfully rehabilitated rhinos since 2006.
Other than rhinos, CWRC has been involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of nearly 3,500 animals since 2002 and more than 50 per cent of these rescued animals were successfully returned to the wild.
Maju was accompanied by a team of veterinarian and animal keepers during its 400km journey from CWRC to Manas National Park.
Chief conservator of forests and director of Kaziranga National Park and CWRC project leader, M.K. Yadava, said the CWRC is the only such facility in the country through which rescued rhinos were being rehabilitated in the wild again. “The project has proved successful with three rhinos shifted from the centre giving birth in the wild,” he said.