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The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Wildlife Rescue Center in northeast India recently celebrated its ten years of hand-raising and rehabilitation of numerous species of wild animals including clouded leopards, rhinos, elephants, bears, birds like the greater adjutant storks, and Hoolock gibbons, India’s only ape.
Situated near Kaziranga National Park, the center was opened in 2002 by IFAW in partnership with the Assam Forest Department and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).
“The IFAW Wildlife Rescue Center has achieved pioneering work in the rehabilitation of endangered wildlife, including a number of notable firsts such as the first orphan Asian elephants returned to the wild and the first documented release of hand-reared clouded leopards,” said Ian Robinson, IFAW Animal Rescue Director. “The center staff has much to be proud of.”
Rescued wild animals come to the center "due to natural causes such as floods, or even man-made causes including conflicts. Assam has set numerous exemplary wildlife conservation and welfare milestones for the entire country to follow, and this center is one of those,” said Suresh Chand, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Assam Forest Department.
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