Meet Binod 'Dulu' Borah: A wildlife hero who rescued 2500 animals
GUWAHATI: Binod 'Dulu' Borah from Chapanalla, a village close to the Karbi foothills of Nagoan district, has rescued upto 2500 animals in his lifespan of 30 years.
Based on a report by The Better India, some of the animals Borah rescued include 3 elephant calves, 2 leopard cubs, 3 bear cubs, 6 slow lorises, 10 Chinese pangolins, more than 20 deer, hares, monkeys, mongoose, geckos, flying squirrels, civets, over 600 snakes including 14 king Cobras and hundreds of turtles and birds.
His first rescue effort happened when he was 14 years old. He was a savior for some wild birds, turtles and small mammals who would eventually be sold as bush meat.
Then, five years later, he became associated with Green Guard Nature Organization (GGNO), a grassroots organization in Nagaon that is an agency for wildlife conservation.
Borah mentioned that most of the rescued wildlife species are rehabilitated back to the wilderness. However, if an animal is injured, they are kept in Borah's backyard where they are given veterinary treatment and then either released or sent for further treatment. His backyard is also currently GGNO's temporary rescue centre.
In addition to all of this, he also plays an active role in resolving the human-elephant conflict (HEC) in the region where he also conducts awareness campaigns among locals.
Given his connection to nature and fauna, he also loves trees and has planted over 25,000 trees in the past 6 years.
Borah has also initiated a 24x7 helpline where informers can report the capture of wildlife in their respective areas so those animals can be rescued.
In the future, he wants to set up a network of trained youth to respond to wildlife intrusions in these areas for a peaceful human-wildlife coexistence.
Binod 'Dulu' Borah along with a rescued slow loris. Credits: Uttam K Sangma