The Transit treatment Centre located in the Seminary hills area in Nagpur is a first of its kind emergency treatment Centre for wild animals, birds and reptiles in India. With an aim to speed up the process of Rescue and Treatment of Injured animals and Birds, the TTC was started in December 2015. From then it has treated more than 3500 animals, birds and reptiles of which 2400 have been released back to their natural habitat.
Transit Treatment Centre, was established with an aim to act as a catalyst in the rescue and treatment of wild animals, birds and reptiles. It was built under the vision of Mr. Kundan Hate, Honorary Warden for Wildlife in Maharashtra. In the standard procedure, where there is no TTC, doctors & officers face a number of issues in saving the injured animals. There was no specific infrastructure which enabled doctors to treat wild animals which resulted in transfer of infectious diseases. There was also no solely dedicated rescue and treatment staff which later that resulted in lesser chances of saving the animal. TTC with its fast procedure and dedicated staff eliminated these problems and increased the chances of saving the animal, bird or reptile significantly.
TTC works in three departments, The Rescue, treatment and release. The rescue the animals in distress, then treat them in the dedicated facilities and then release them in their natural habitat. If an animal, bird or reptile gets handicapped, then that being is shifted to the Gorewada Wildlife facility where that wild animal is taken care of. Currently Nagpur TTC has a staff of 16 people of which there are two veterinary officers, 2 assistants, 2 forest officers, 4 round officers and 6 guards. TTC also have a dog squad that helps in the cases of criminal activities included in animal rescue cases.
Dr. Syed Bilal Ali, Veterinary Officer, Transit Treatment Centre explained that they do not interfere in the natural cycle of wildlife but they protect and treat animals, birds and reptiles that have suffered due to the manmade influence. “We Transit and Treat animals without disturbing the ecology of the nature and their habitat. TTC saves lives of hundreds of animals every year and it saves a lot of resources and lives.” said Dr. Ali. He also stressed that “the recent move by state government is commendable and there must be one transit treatment Centre in at least one forest circle.” In Transit Treatment Centre Nagpur Veterinary officers, Dr. Syed Bilal ali and Dr. Mayur Kate along with their team work day and night for the treatment of the wild animals, birds and reptiles.
Till date, there are 3 transit treatment Centre in India. Recently, Maharashtra Government announced 11 more TTC throughout the state. This will be a great step in conservation of nature and saving the ecology and wildlife of the State.