Karnala Bird Sanctuary to become temporary rehab centre for birds

May 19, 2014, 07:57 IST | Neha LM Tripathi

Thane Society and Prevention of Cruelty Animals has found several damaged cages at the sanctuary that can accommodate recovering birds rescued from Mumbai

With monsoons around the corner, the Thane Society and Prevention of Cruelty Animals (TSPCA) and Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW) have decided to use cages in Karnala Bird Sanctuary as a temporary recuperating centre for birds.

According to experts, the sanctuary is an ideal rescue centre for birds. A little away from the city’s noise and pollution, the Karnala Bird Sanctuary offers a peaceful area for recovering birds rescued from the cites of Mumbai and Thane.

“We have visited the sanctuary where we came across some damaged cages that can be repaired and used for wildlife welfare,” said Shakuntala Majumdar, president of TSPCA.

Sources said the sanctuary has been selected as a temporary set-up for birds and animals that are recovering and do not require much treatment or critical observation. This will also allow TSPCA to made space for critical cases of injured birds in their hospital. 

Speaking to mid-day, VP Patil, the deputy chief conservator of forests at Karnala Bird Sanctuary said, “We will begin the repair work of cages from Monday and ensure the work is complete before monsoon begins.”

Why Karnala?
“Karnala became a potential rescue centre because Katraj in Pune is too far away and has no space to accommodate more wildlife.

With monsoons approaching, there will be many cases of injured birds and we will face space issues as well,” said Debashish Majumdar, vice-president of TSPCA.

“The Karnala Bird Sanctuary has space and cages that can be repaired to support wildlife conservation, without the complications of getting permissions.

The new rescue centre, which is still being planned, will take some time, and meanwhile, there is an urgent need for space for rescued wildlife,” said Pawan Sharma, founder of Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare.

Types of cages
K1 – Small cages that can accommodate peacocks, parakeets and rabbits
K2 – Medium-sized cages that can keep larger birds and can be divided into two sections to keep aquatic birds as well. 
Its height is 15 feet and length is 30 feet, and it has two water holes
K3 – Cages that can keep large raptors like eagles

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