GUWAHATI: The CWRC ('Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation), a jointly run wildlife care facility of Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and Assam Forest Department (AFD)supported by international partner International Fund for Animal Welfare(IFAW) has entered to the 20th year of wildlife conservation service today. The centre was started at Panbari RF of Kaziranga Tiger Reserve (KTR) on August 28, 2002.
Congratulating the CWRC team on the foundation day, P. Sivakumar, Director, Kaziranga Tiger Reserve (KTR) along with Ramesh Gogoi, DFO, and Eastern Assam Wildlife Division (EAWLD) along with other senior forest officials suggested their valuable inputs for further strengthening the wildlife conservation service in Assam.
With the completion of 19 years of service since the inception, CWRC and its satellite facilities have attended all total 7532 wildlife cases belonging to 258 species of mammals, birds and reptiles in Assam till July 2021.Of these, 22% belonged to mammals, 36% birds and 42% reptiles. Overall, 63.73% of the animals attended by the team in Assam have been released back to the wild, stated a press release.
It is to be mentioned here that CWRC has attended 101 rhino cases in Assam. Till date twenty (20) hand raised rhinos were translocated from Kaziranga National Park to Manas National Park by CWRC team jointly with Assam Forest Department. The rehabilitated rhinos gave birth to eleven (11) new born rhino calves in Manas National Park. CWRC had released two (2) rehabilitated rhinos in Kaziranga National Park as well.