Park gets clinic for captive jumbos

Asian elephant learning centre inaugurated in kaziranga

By A Staff Reporter in Guwahati
  • Published 11.11.15

Guwahati, Nov. 10: Captive elephants of the Northeast now have a clinic in Kaziranga National Park.

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, founding patron of the UK-based charity Elephant Family, and its chief executive officer Ruth Powys inaugurated the clinic at the upcoming Mark Shand Memorial Asian Elephant Learning Centre today.

The facility, named after legendary conservationist Mark Shand, is part of Kaziranga Discovery Park, coming up at the Centre of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) near the park.

Inaugurating the facility, Rothschild congratulated the team and all the people who built it.

"Mark was an energetic and dynamic personality who believed in lending a helping hand to animals. Today is a great day for me to inaugurate this facility for elephants," he said.

The learning centre is supported by Elephant Family, a leading conservation organisation of the world dedicated to the conservation and welfare of elephants in Asia.

Shand had spent valuable time with the captive elephants in Kaziranga and several mahouts honour him at the end of the tourist season each year.

Prior to unveiling of the relief of Shand, M.K. Yadava, director of Kaziranga National Park, welcomed the dignitaries from India and abroad and guests from the villages to the event that started with a traditional welcome.

Summing up the event and the work ahead, Vivek Menon, executive director and CEO of Wildlife Trust of India, said, "We are already working for the animals of Kaziranga at CWRC. But if Kaziranga has to be saved, it is you, the people, who need to play the most important role. So, it is for you that we are developing this learning hub where your children will play and learn and appreciate the bio-diversity and nature that Kaziranga houses."

The learning centre has been established as one of the three wings coming up under Kaziranga Discovery Park, whose foundation stone was laid on December 28 last year.