BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, March 18: Two hand-raised Asian Wild buffaloes from the IFAW-WTI run Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) were today released in Burhachapori Wildlife Sanctuary.
Agora, a male and Gerakati, a female were rescued in different circumstances in Kaziranga tiol Park when they were about month old age. Agora’s mother was found dead on December 15, 2012 while Gerakati was separated from its mother in September 23, 2012. After rescue, both of them were placed at CWRC for further care and treatment.
The release site was selected after a joint survey of CWRC IFAW-WTI team and Assam Forest Department, led by P. Sivakumar, Conservator of Forest, Assam Forest Department and in charge of the Sanctuary.
“We welcome this wild buffalo rehabilitation effort of CWRC at Burachapori WLS. This will boost our continuous efforts to repopulate Burachapori WLS with important wildlife”, said P.Sivkumar, Conservator of Forest, state Forest Department and in-charge of the Burachapori WLS.
For the first few weeks after their release, the duo would be kept in a temporary enclosure for adaptation in the new landscape for a couple of months. As and when they adapt to their new surroundings, they will be released in the sanctuary. The IFAW-WTI team biologist along with the Assam Forest Department would continue to monitor the released animals for a stipulated time.
The CWRC is the first rescue and rehabilitation centre near a protected area in India. Strategically located in Borjuri village, adjacent to the Panbari Reserve Forest, near Kaziranga tiol Park in Assam, the centre attends to a wide range of wildlife emergencies resulting from tural or anthropogenic causes.
CWRC was established in August 2002 with a primary aim to stabilize displaced animals and release them back into the wild, as close to the site of rescue as possible, following necessary treatment. The centre follows accepted intertiol protocols and guidelines during rescue, treatment and rehabilitation of displaced or distressed animals.