GUWAHATI, April 12 � In a joint operation with the Assam Forest Department, IFAW-WTI team released five Himalayan griffons back into their habitat in Sivasagar district. These vultures were poisoned and found in a comatose state at Konwarpur on March 7, 2015, and were taken to IFAW-WTI run Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), where they were provided necessary veterinary care and was released back to the wild in the afternoon of April 9, said a press release received here.
On March 7, several vultures were found poisoned after they fed on a carcass. On being informed by the Forest Department, a CWRC-MVS team led by Dr Bishwajit Boruah rushed to the spot and found 20 dead vultures and nine others in comatose state. Dr Baruah along with the IFAW-WTI team took the vultures to CWRC for treatment. While one vulture died on the way, others were given necessary treatment. Despite the CWRC team�s best efforts, three more vultures died during the course of treatment.
�We are pleased and thankful to CWRC for going the extra mile in saving these vultures. Bringing these vultures back from the brink of death and releasing them in the wild is yet another feather in the wildlife conservation efforts of CWRC,� said Naba Kumar Malakar, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO).
A team of forest officials led by the DFO released the vultures jointly with the IFAW-WTI team in presence of locals at Kathpara in Sivasagar district on Thursday afternoon. Forest authorities also conducted awareness programmes for villagers in adjoining areas to make people understand the importance of vulture conservation.