GUWAHATI, June 21 - A one-day orientation workshop on wildlife issues for the veterinary officials from the state Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Assam was organized at the Convention Centre of Kaziranga National Park at Kohora recently.
The workshop was jointly organized by Kaziranga National Park authorities, WWF-India and Wildlife Trust of India ( WTI). The veterinary officials from the adjoining areas of Kaziranga National Park were the primary target group to orient them towards wildlife issues and to seek their support towards conservation by attending to animals in crisis as and when required.
The workshop was chaired by Akash Deep Baruah, Director, Kaziranga National Park. In his opening address, he emphasized on the role of veterinarians in wildlife conservation and urged all the participants to actively share their knowledge and experiences.
Wildlife veterinarian Dr Kushal Konwar Sharma from the College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara, highlighted the role the veterinary officials towards wildlife conservation.
Dr. Apurba Chakraborty, Director of Research (Veterinary) from the College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara, explained in detail the post-mortem approach to be adopted and the detailed investigations to be done to diagnose the actual cause of death of an animal.
Rabindra Sarma, Research Officer with about 20 years of service in Kaziranga briefed the gathering on the pattern of floods affecting the area and expected animal behaviour under those stress conditions.
Amit Sharma from the WWF-India made the veterinarians aware about Rhino DNA Index System (RhoDIS). As per the inputs from the veterinarians, it was identified that lack of proper tools, equipment and medicines to deal with wild animals is a major hindrance and it has been decided that a list of items for a basic post-mortem-cum -investigation kit will be prepared.