By: Smita Bhattacharyya
Jorhat, Feb 12: Two of the three rhino calves adopted by Oil India Limited (OIL) were translocated to Manas National Park on Sunday, a press communique received here said on Tuesday.
OIL had adopted three one-horned rhinos orphaned during the devastating floods in July, 2016. On January 21, one of the rhinos and thereafter on February 10, 2019 the two other rhinos were translocated from Centre for Wild Life Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) at Panbari Borguri in Golaghat district to Narshingbari in Manas National Park.
Upon translocation, these one-horned rhinos will be shifted to an acclimatization site where they will spend the next one year developing site fidelity before being released into the National Park.
These one-horned rhinos calves were orphaned during the floods in July 2016 and OIL under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative took up this noble cause by being first the PSU to fully support hand raising and rehabilitation of these orphaned rhinos at the CWRC for almost two and half years till the time they had grown a little and were ready to be translocated.
OIL has committed a total financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh towards this initiative for a period of four years starting from the time of adoption till the rhinos are ready to be released in their natural habitat.
As per the records of CWRC, the names of the rhinos are Dubi (female), Chili (female) and Balu (male). These three names are based on the place of rescue of each rhinos, the communique added.