Ian, TWPZ keeper
Earlier this year I travelled to Assam in north-eastern India to visit Manas and Kaziranga National Parks on the three week trip for the Asian Rhino Project and the International Rhino Foundation to inspect work on two conservation projects the Taronga Conservation Society Australia (TCSA) is helping to fund. Both projects support the conservation of the Greater One-Horned Rhino, also known as the Indian Rhino.
The first project funded by the TCSA’s Conservation Field Grants the improvement of field equipment for anti-poaching teams in Kaziranga, including camping equipment and two motorbikes for rapid deployment. The other project I inspected was the translocation of Greater One-Horned Rhinos from Kazringa to Manas National Park.
We also checked on infrastructure at Manas which is essential to the management and protection of the rhinos within the park. The trip gave me a greater appreciation of the animals I work with. It was really informative to see and experience the rhinos’ natural habitat and I believe now I can be a better ambassador for the animals having seen them in the wild and witnessed the benefits such conservation projects provide to the survival of this species.
It was amazing to see how well a number of different organisations cooperated together to help save this species.