Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday informed that the state government in planning to set up transit and rescue camps at Kaziranga to rescue stray animals during floods.
This was announced during a meeting between the chief minister and officials of the Gujarat based Greens Zoological Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (GZRRC) held at Kaziranga.
The CZRRC provides training on capacity building of veterinary care facilities.
“We intend to set up transit and rescue camps in Kaziranga to help stray animals during flood season. Three officers will be sent to Jamnagar in Gujarat to study the facilities available in GZRRC and replicate the same in Assam,” CM Sarma said.
He further informed that the state government has also decided to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with GZRRC considering the rising cases of man-animal conflicts in the state.
In February this year, an Elephant Feeding Centre was inaugurated at Mihimukh area in Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve in Assam to attract more tourists.
The concept of feeding the pachyderms was undertaken to attract tourists as well as, develop an understanding among the visitors on how to live peacefully with the animals.
This was a first of its kind initiative adopted by the authorities. The visitors will be able to feed the elephants under the supervision of veterinary doctors and elephant keepers.
The Elephant Camp (domestic elephant feeding centre) was inaugurated by chief wildlife warden of Assam, K Yadava.
Director of Kaziranga National Park, P Sivakumar informed that a total of 15 elephants can be fed at a time. The food includes bananas, sugarcane, gram, etc, which can be procured by paying a minimal fee at the centre.