11 February 2017, Jigmeling: Around 30 participants from the Territorial Forest Divisions and Protected Areas underwent a three days hands-on-training at the Southern Regional Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (SWRRC), Jigmeling, Sarpang. The Training which began on Tuesday went on till 9 February.
The training was organised by the Nature Conservation Division (NCD) and was run by Wildlife Rescue and Animal Health (WRAH) officers (Kuenzang Gyeltshen and Gem Tshering including Australian volunteer veterinarian Dr. Annie Philips).
The WRAHS training covered the challenges associated with wildlife rescue, the escalation in human-wildlife conflicts over the years, different aspects of wildlife handling, types of drugs use for chemical immobilisation, human and animal safety measures, types of projectiles, general principle of wildlife health including veterinary care, types of transport crates for different species of animals, and zoonotic diseases. Practical sessions followed the theoretical training each day.
Along with the Chief Forest Officers (CFOs) from RMNP, PWS, and Sarpang Forest Division, the Chief of NCD emphasised at the launching that the trained staff at this workshop will have to play a lead role in facilitating future rescue efforts within their jurisdictions with technical support from WRAH.
The current training session included 30 representatives from the Western and Southern regions. Future trainings will be conducted in other areas covering Central and Eastern regions. The 2017 training follows and extends a similar training that was conducted in 2010. It was being funded by the RGoB.
- Submitted by Karma Choki, Forestry Officer, Divisional Forest Office, Sarpang
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