In 2005, the WWF of India and International Rhino Foundation had a vision – to bring the total Indian Rhino population to 3000. They called it the IRV2020. A figure that stood at 2400 until the recent devastating floods falls each year with hundreds of rhinos at Kaziranga National Park falling prey to floods and poaching, pushing the number further away from its target.
Out of the 35 animal species that survive on the KNP ecosystem, 200 animals lost their lives to the floods this year. 80% of the park premises continues to be submerged under water as Governments, individuals and groups work tirelessly on ground, to collaborate and save whatever they can.
According to the Wildlife Trust of India, 218 rhino calves alone have been orphaned with the impact of the floods. A number of calves of hog deer and elephants in need of post natal care have also been orphaned. They need to provide the young ones with lactogen for food and rehabilitate them once they have been nursed to health. They need funds for doing so, to which you can contribute here. Each pack of it costs Rs 300, and they need 40 packs per day. If you want to support their work, you can contact them at +91-120- 4143900. You may also email them: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You don’t necessarily have to be associated with an NGO to support. If you think you want to help them with a larger sum than your individual capacity, you can start your own fundraiser and reach out to all like minded people out there on social media. A group of three friends based in Chennai – Shravan Krishnan, Nishanth Ravi and Robin Paul, truly connected with the issue at hand, and decided to take time off their lives to participate in the impact response work at Kaziranga National Park. They are presently at the park helping with the cause. Inspiring, isn’t it? You can reach out to them and find out how you can support at +91-9841588852.
While better preparedness on the part of authorities is a long term need that needs to be focused on, the director of Kaziranga National Park, Satyendra Singh is aiming at access to higher ground for the National Park. He shares the following two point response tool to help make the situation better:
- Highway drivers can drive slow, watching out for animals in distress or need of support. This will help avoid accident deaths;
- If you spot an animal and are able to rescue it, you can contact these numbers:
Dr. Satyendra Singh, Director, Kaziranga National Park: +91- 9435102834
Kaziranga National Park Office: 03776 268 095