Beginning of new era of hope for rhinos in Burhachapori-Laokhowa in Assam, India

Written by Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, IRF Asia Coordinator

The IRF 2020 Translocation Team after the successful move of a mother rhino and her calf.

The Indian Rhino Vision Team after the successful capture of a mother rhino and her calf.

The second major phase of Indian Rhino Vision 2020 gained momentum on March 29, 2016 when a Greater One-horned rhino mother and female calf were captured in the Baguri Range of Kaziranga National Park and successfully translocated to Burhachapori WLS.

As part of the IRV 2020, the Burhachapri-Laokhowa Wildlife area is the second planned site for rhino re-introductions. After translocating 18 wild rhinos from Pabitora WLS and Kaziranga National Park to Manas National Park during 2008-2012, the next efforts are focused on translocating rhinos to Burhachapori-Laokhowa where a holding boma and a main boma had been constructed.

Briefing the team before the translocations began.

Briefing the team before the translocations began.

Radio collar being attached to female Greater One-horn Rhino

Radio collar being attached to female Greater One-horn Rhino

On March 29, 2016, work began in Kaziranga NP around 7:00 a.m. By 7:30 a.m., one mother and her female calf were successfully captured and then both rhinos were put inside crates and carefully loaded onto a truck for transportation to Burhachapori.

Rhinos arrive at Burhachapori.

Rhinos arrive at Burhachapori.

The truck with the two rhinos arrived at Burhachapori around 11:00 a.m and the preparations began for the move of the rhinos into their new boma.

Calf being released from the traveling crate into the boma.

Calf being released from the traveling crate into the boma.

Female rhinos leaving the crate and walking in the new boma.

Adult female rhino leaving the crate and walking in the new boma.

On March 30 at around 9:00 a.m., the rhinos were released into their holding boma. First the calf and then her mother. Both mother and calf have settled down nicely in their new home.

Mother and calf are doing well in their new home.

Mother and calf are doing well in their new home.

 

The International Rhino Foundation has been one of the major partners of the IRV 2020 since 2005, who also partners with the World Wildlife Fund, the Assam Forest Department and Bodoland Territorial Council.

2 thoughts on “Beginning of new era of hope for rhinos in Burhachapori-Laokhowa in Assam, India

  1. I am fortunate enough to have been a part of the IRV 2000 Team that has successfully translocated twenty Rhinos till date.
    It also needs mentioning that without IRF’ s support none of this would have happened.
    – Kaushik Barua

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