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Back to the Wild
Published by Vivek Menon, N.V.K. Ashraf, Prajna Panda and Kadambari Mainkar, 01 Dec 2005
Produced on the occassion of Kaziranga centenery 1905-2005. The result of man-made pressures and natural calamities is animals getting displaced from their habitats, necessitating human intervention. This publication describes the major issue of wildlife displacement in India arising due to man-wildlife conflict, the possible options for placement of different species, and the problems and prospects of taking up rehabilitation as a possible mitigation strategy.
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Since long, the people of north-east India have been handling injured wild animals and more so during the annual floods. They have often tried to treat a distressed animal and save its life with a piece of heart and partial science, albeit with great difficulty. Even if successful, they were unable to decide what to do next—to release it back to the wild or keep it captive. In most cases, the wild animals ended up as captives. Efforts and success were always partial. The region is blessed with high wildlife diversity and is just the place where science and the heart must amalgamate.

This compendium is an effort in the right direction, a much stronger tool for scientists and conservationists. This document was overdue and a large number of animals could have been saved. I appreciate the effort from the  core of my heart. The success of the compendium on “Wildlife rehabilitation” means a focussed direction to wildlife rehabilitators and a boost to the nascent discipline of wildlife rehabilitation in the field of conservation.

P.C. Bhattacharjee
Professor, Department of Zoology
Gauhati University
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