The Bannerghatta Rehabilitation Centre (BRC) is our joint initiative with the Karnataka Forest Department, managed by WRRC. Located on 7 acres near the Bannerghatta National Park, the centre is a refuge for displaced and distressed wildlife, and is staffed 24*7. The centre has a surgery room, animal kitchen, pre- and post-operative holding areas, reptile enclosures (pits), enclosures and aviaries of different sizes, and housing for the staff.
Our macaque enclosure and our parakeet aviary have enrichment structures to keep their residents active and engaged.
Animals come to the centre form the following sources:
1. Raids on snake-charmers, fortune-tellers and others engaged in illegal wildlife trade
2. Wild animals rescued by the public or by municipal staff
3. Surrender of scheduled animals by pet owners.
The centre receives over 100 animals from of nearly 40 species every month and almost an equal number are released back into the wild after treatment. A small number however fail to make it. The centre is presently run by trustees, dedicated volunteers and a small number of staff. WRRC is one of the few centres that offer such specialised care and treatments for wild animals and birds.
WRRC’s future plans include setting up a nature park in partnership with the Karnataka state forest department for providing life time housing and care for captive elephants that have been abused, critically sick or injured. Towards this objective, discussions with the state forest department have been initiated.
This rain water harvesting pond was constructed recently, almost exclusively with the hard work of volunteers and some valuable technical assistance from Mr. Gopinath of the KRG Rainwater Harvesting Foundation. It has become a lovely habitat for the birds, which have started visiting the area and the hundreds of frogs who now dwell in the pond.
What was once an arid, overgrazed and denuded land is today an oasis of wild grasses, indigenous trees and butterfly attracting wild flowers and shrubs. Many small animals and birds have moved into this habitat, making it a natural and protected terrain for rehabilitation for many of the birds and animals that are brought in for treatment and release.
With the barn owl nesting season, the familiar little guests are back! Most are brought in by concerned members of the public, who manage to rescue them when trees are cut to make highways or buildings in Bangalore.
The young python was found in the house of a local villager, who immediately called the BRC team to have it removed. The villagers around BRC have responded positively to the work of rehabilitation of animals and often call for help, instead of hurting or killing any reptile or mammal.
The released Brahminy kite makes it his business to visit us twice a day!
The kitchen at BRC provides a colorful canvas, twice a day. Food time for the many animals and birds represent an array of fruits and vegetables, neatly sliced and arranged, with a special knowledge of the individual likes and dislikes of each bird and animal.
This beautiful Indian Roller arrived injured at BRC. A large sized bird, it is usually solitary or lives in pairs. With its natural diet being insects, lizards, small snakes, birds and rodents, feeding it is a challenge, especially since special insectivorous diets and ready mixes are not available in India.
The male and female black bucks have been sent to BRC for a period of quarantine, by the neighboring Bannerghatta Biological Park, where there was a suspected outbreak of foot and mouth disease. They have adjusted very well to their new enclosure and seem to be enjoying the privacy and peace of the environment.
At present, the BRC has modest but adequate housing for veterinarians and other staff, a small clinic and surgery, post-operative care enclosures, and outdoor accommodation for birds, primates and reptiles.
Functional since January 2003, the BRC urgently requires help from sponsors, wildlife enthusiasts and animal lovers. WRRC’s achievements include the successful release of a rare aquatic monitor lizard, a riverine otter, star tortoises and both rare and common species of snakes rescued from in and around Bangalore. BRC serves an important purpose by having all these diverse and precious wildlife from various places under one establishment for rehabilitation and release in collaboration with Karnataka State Forest Department.