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Return Orphaned Elephants & Rhinos to the Wild

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Care for orphaned wildlife and help them return to the wild!

In India, wildlife such as elephants and rhinos are at risk from annual monsoon floods, poaching, and human-wildlife conflict. Elephant and Rhino calves orphaned by disaster need years of intensive care before they are able to fend for themselves in the wild. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), in partnership with the Wildlife Trust of India, has established a multi-species rehabilitation center where injured and orphaned wildlife get a second chance at life. The wildlife care center is located in the outskirts of Kaziranga National Park in the Northeast State of Assam, India. The dense human habitation surrounding the park makes the region unsuitable to release the animals back into the wild there. Instead, IFAW and WTI commit to moving the animals some 450 kilometers (280 miles) to Manas National Park, a world heritage site where the animals have the space to flourish.

Help these beautiful animals survive and return to the wild. Each donation here supports IFAW's Wildlife Rescue Center in Kaziranga, where they care for the orphaned animals, the field station at Manas National Park where the animals are released and acclimated to the wild, and the move of the animals across India to their new home.


REPORT FROM THE FIELD

In February 2011, five orphaned elephant calves were successfully moved from the Wildlife Rescue Center in Kaziranga to the Doimari range of the Manas National Park. This is the third elephant move since 2007 and another milestone in the Elephant Re-Introduction Project being attempted for the first time in India's history.

From there, IFAW staff will assist the animals in acclimating to the wild, and signed agreements with the Assam Forest Department and the Bodoland Autonomous Council (BTC) assures the protection of these graceful animals once they are in Manas.

Here's a great video describing the process of moving an elephant--even a "small" baby elephant--over a great distance.

Also at this time, two hand-raised rhino calves (Raja and Maju) from the IFAW Wildlife Rescue Center in Kaziranga will move to the Manas National Park for re-introduction to the wild, making these rhinos the fifth and sixth rehabilitated rhinos to be released since 2005 by IFAW-WTI. These are the only hand-raised rhinos released to the wild in India.


About IFAW

Founded in 1969, IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than forty countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats.


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