Young rhinos translocated in Manas

Guwahati: Two highly endangered one-horned rhinos, Maju and Raja, will get a new home as they will soon be set free in the Manas National Park.

The young herbivores, who were rescued by forest officials in Kaziranga National Park, will be translocated to the jungles of Manas which meant an arduous 450 km route, forest officials said here.

While Maju was orphaned in February 2009 when his mother charged at a team of wildlife researchers and had to be killed by accompanying forest guards, Raja was found abandoned by the herd in 2008 inside the Kaziranga National park.

The calves had since been admitted to the Assam Forest Department (AFD) and the International Fund for Aanimal Welfare- Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI)for rehabilitation.

The process for translocation of the calves have already started and forest officials are making arrangements for carrying them through the 450 km road that separates the two World heritage sites of Assam, the Kaziranga National Park in upper Assam and Manas National Park in lower Assam, officials said.