GUWAHATI, Dec 31 � The foundation stone of the CWRC Interpretation Centre was laid by RP Agarwalla, PCCF (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Assam, in the presence of Ruth Powyes, CEO, Elephant Family, Dr Ram Boojh, UNESCO India and Vivek Menon, Executive Director & CEO of Wildlife Trust of India at Borjuri near Kaziranga National Park on Sunday.
The CWRC interpretation centre will have three sections � Mark Shand Asian Elephant Wing, Kaziranga World Heritage Wing and IFAW-WTI Animal Rescue Wing � which will focus on key conservation issues facing KNP, besides highlighting the work done by the WTI and its partners in the various conservation initiatives in Assam.
The interpretation centre is expected not only to educate students and youngsters on the challenges in conserving Assam�s natural heritage, but would also appeal to the intellectuals of the State as some of the interpretive graphics would highlight the historical and cultural significance of animals, especially elephants. For instance, innovative plans are there on the cards to educate the masses on the Assamese treatise on elephants.
The aim is to make all exhibits interactive to keep the visitors engrossed. Some of the topics on the Asian elephant would be basic elephant facts, elephant ecology, human-elephant interactions, habitat and corridor securement, WTI projects on elephant conservation in Assam, and most importantly, an exhibit on Mark Shand, the Founder Director of the organization Elephant Family, who passed away recently. This section will also have a �treatment kraal� for providing medical treatment to captive elephants.
The Kaziranga World Heritage Wing will have exhibits on the history of Kaziranga National Park, efforts of the Forest department in conserving the Brahmaputra Valley, its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site, besides interactive outdoor activities for school children. The main purpose of this wing is to spread awareness among various stakeholders, especially locals, to preserve this pristine landscape and its wild inhabitants.
The third section � IFAW-WTI Animal Rescue Wing � will showcase the rescue and rehabilitation activities of the adjoining rescue centre CWRC. Since 2002, the centre has been involved in rescue and rehabilitation of displaced animals in Assam. The centre has handled over 3,500 cases of animals in distress so far, over a period of 12 years. Through this animal rescue wing, the visitors will for the first time get access to live feeds of animals being nursed at the centre at the audiovisual presentation hall that has been planned as well.
The site is located opposite to the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) run since 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) � Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and the Assam Forest department will house this facility.