At CWRC: Kunti the eldest one is the group lead
Greetings from Wildlife Trust of India!
Thank you so much for making a donation to our project ‘Orphaned but not alone’. Your support is highly valued as it helped us take good care of the orphaned elephant calves undergoing rehabilitation at our Centre for Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation (CWRC) in Assam. Here’s an update on Dhola and his friends at CWRC.
Dhola was just 3 months old when he was first admitted to CWRC after he lost his mother to electrocution. But today, he is one year and one month old! He is doing great and so are the other elephant calves at the centre. At present we have five elephant calves undergoing rehabilitation. The eldest one is a female named Kunti and she is 1 year and 10 months old. We also have Taiwan, Sukani, Sadia and Dhola (who is the youngest of the lot). It will be a few more years of fostering and care until the calves are ready to be sent back to the wild.
Recently there was an EEHV (Elephant Endotheliotropic herpesvirus) outbreak, a viral disease, and all the calves tested positive for the symptoms. But with continuous treatment and monitoring all the five calves have recovered well.
Also, other than the five calves who are there at the centre, four were translocated to the Manas National Park for a soft release in the reporting period. They are accompanied by two skilled animal keepers who will monitor the calves as they acclimatize for a life in the wild before being completely free.
The Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), is the only facility in India where orphaned and injured animals are treated, hand raised and eventually released back to the wild. CWRC has attended to over 7300 cases in the last 20 years of its establishment and released back approximately 65% of the rescued animals successfully to their natural habitat.
That’s all for today’s updates on Dhola and his friends. We will keep you posted with more information on their progress and wellbeing. Till then, take care.
At Manas National Park: Radio collared calves