The Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation is a well-known name in the field of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in India.
CWRC was established in Panbari near Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve of Assam on August 28, 2002, to provide emergency care, treatment, and rehabilitation to indigenous wild animals that are displaced due to various reasons.
CWRC is a joint initiative of the Assam Forest Department, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) & International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
It is the only facility of its kind in India to have successfully addressed the welfare and conservation of species like elephants, leopards, rhinos, tigers, clouded leopards, black bears, wild buffalos, and many others.
Since its inception, CWRC has handled 7397animals out of which 4490 (65%) could be sent back to the wild after proper care and treatment at CWRC. During this time, CWRC has handled a whopping 357 species at the facility.
Today, on August 28, 2022, CWRC has completed the two-decade-long journey of its service to the wildlife of Assam and beyond.
Currently, CWRC has two satellite facilities called Mobile Veterinary Services (MVS).
These are located in Eastern Assam at Guijan, Tinsukia (DibruSaikhowa National Park), and Western Assam at Charaikhola, Chakrasila WLS.
MK Yadava, IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and HoFF and Chief Wildlife Warden, Assam congratulated the team CWRC for its excellent service to the state of Assam for the last twenty years.
He said, “CWRC has become a model now in the field of wildlife conservation and its need in Assam. With the dedicated service of the team CWRC, we could save many injured, orphaned, and marooned animals, especially during the flood in Kaziranga. I wish the partnership of Assam Forest Department and Wildlife Trust India would grow stronger to serve the wildlife of Assam in all the coming years.”
CWRC has been rehabilitating rescued rhino and elephant calves in Assam.
In the year 2006, the first rhino calf was rehabilitated in Manas National Park and thus the park got its rhino back after the entire population was killed in the late 90s and early 2000. As of date, 21 rhino calves have been rehabilitated in Manas National Park from CWRC and 11 calves have been born to these rehabilitated rhinos in Manas.