Launched on February 5, 2017 to commemorate the Birth Anniversary of HRH the Gyalsey, the Southern Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (WRRC) under the aegis of the Department of Forest and Park Services is located at Jigmeling, Sarpang District.
The center caters to veterinary care and rehabilitation for wildlife in the southern and central part of Bhutan and also functions as the breeding center for Gharials and Marsh Crocodiles. The Southern Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre is one of the five operational regional centers (with the first one for the western region having started in Taba, Thimphu in 2014).
Barking Deer, Sambar, Wild Elephant, Leopard Cat, Gaur, Takin, Black Bear, Crocodile, Gharial, Monal Pheasant, Owl, Wild Boar, Musk Deer, Eagle, Serow, Snow Leopard, Goral, Night Heron and Clouded leopard are some of the wildlife species the WRRC’s have successfully rescued and rehabilitated to date.
Spanning across an area of nearly 15 acres and funded by World Bank through the IDA Project for Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection in Asia, the center caters to rehabilitated wildlife and provides veterinary care. The Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is a safe haven for animals where no wild animal is turned away and utmost importance is given to achieve the national conservation goal of ensuring that all wild animals admitted for rehabilitation have the maximum opportunity to return to the wild where they rightly belong.