Orphaned rhino taken to Assam's Manas national park
A young male rhino has been shifted to the Manas National Park in Assam and will be released in the wild following a period of acclimatisation, an official said Thursday.
The rhino - named Maju - was brought from the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) near the Kaziranga National Park, a distance of about 400 km from Manas, a Unesco World Heritage site.
"The rhino was less than a month old when it was found alone in September 2009 at Baghmari area in Kaziranga," said Rathin Barman, deputy director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare-Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI).
He said the reason for its separation from its mother was not clear.
The rhino is about four years old now and would join two other rhinos at the pre-release site at Manas.
The CWRC is a wildlife rehabilitation facility jointly run by the state forest department and IFAW-WTI. It has successfully rehabilitated many rhinos since 2006.
(Posted on 20-02-2014)