As FYZoo family, we are proud to support conservation projects for the endangered Indian Rhinos in nature. The Indian rhinos, Samir and Komala, who are under protection in our park, will be able to help their species in nature with the support of our visitors.
As a result of the cooperation initiated in the first days of 2019, we officially started to support the conservation efforts against the Indian rhinos that have been carried out by the CWRC: Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation under the WTI: Wildlife Trust of India umbrella. Within the scope of the cooperation, we will provide field support with our veterinarians besides the financial contribution that will continue to increase every year.
Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation
Kaziranga National Park, which is located in Assam state of India and listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site, hosts two-thirds of the Indian Rhino population available in the nature. The park, which is exposed to floods through monsoon rains, also hosts many different species such as Bengal Tiger, Asian Elephant and Indian Bison. However, the progeny who lose their families during floods being experienced every year are in need of external interventions. The CWRC, which is established for this purpose, is the only facility in India that conducts studies for orphaned or injured animals. The animals rescued by CWRC are returned to the closest possible location to their rescued area after completion of their treatment. However, in some cases, there are also living spaces for animals that need long-term care. The center, which has been dealing with about 4,500 cases since its establishment in 2002, released 60% of the cases back to nature.
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Why Rhino Species Are Under Threat?
A century ago, 500,000 used to live in Africa and Asia. Unfortunately, there are only 5 species of rhino surviving today and all of these species were included in Vulnerable category by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). The rhinoceros, who are victims of poaching for their horns, are also confronted with the problem of habitat loss. Rhinoceros horns in Asia are used in traditional medicine and in making objects that symbolize wealth. As a result of the gradual decrease in the rhinoceros population in Asian countries, the value of the horns obtained by illegal hunting and thus the hunting activities are increasing day by day. Even though there are very few rhinos outside of the natural parks and reserves today, even rhinos in protected areas face a serious threat of poaching. Because, as the value of their horns increases, the hunting methods continue to evolve.