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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.


Update from the Field

October 2017

As a second round of devastating floods hit Kaziranga National Park, the IFAW-WTI team at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) brought in a female rhino calf, about five to six months old, who was found stranded in a flood-hit household in Baghmari. She was rescued by a Kaziranga Forest Rescue team led by veterinarian Dr. Debabrata Phukan and - given her condition - transported to CWRC for stabilization and care.

The IFAW-WTI team at CWRC team handled 23 rescue cases in one day, covering both the south and north banks of the flooded Brahmaputra River. This was day two of the second phase of Kaziranga flooding, and there were reports of 85 percent of the park being submerged.


Update from the Field

June 2016

In March, a one week-one male rhino calf was rescued by the Bagori forest range staff of Kaziranga National Park. The calf was found all alone with no sign of the mother after two days of searching for her. The forest department noticed the calf’s dehydrated, weak condition and called the team at IFAW and Wildlife Trust for India. The calf was transferred to CWRC for care to improve his health and rehabilitate him for release back into the wild. He was also introduced to another calf at the Centre to ease the rehabilitation process for both of the young rhinos. After being acclimated in an outdoor enclosure, the rhino calf will be released back into the wild if all goes as planned. In February, this is exactly what happened for two rhinos, Purabi and Dwimalu, when they moved to their new home in Manas National Park. Your donations help release rhinos like this back into the wild!

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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