In February 2011, &Beyond was at the forefront of the groundbreaking translocation of 19 gaur (Indian bison) at Bandhavgarh National Park in India...
In February 2011, &Beyond was at the forefront of the groundbreaking translocation of 19 gaur (Indian bison) at Bandhavgarh National Park in India. The project saw the first successful reversal of a local extinction by means of the mass translocation of wild animals in the country. It also laid the foundation for further specialised wildlife relocations in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, including the subsequent movement of another 31 gaur in January 2012 by Indian wildlife authorities.
The gaur project has had substantial benefits, not only for the future of the species but for active wildlife management in India. The success of reversing a local extinction is measured by how well the new population does in its new environment. Despite tiger-inflicted mortalities, the gaur herd has steadily grown over the years, with the birth of calves bringing the total number of animals to more than 70.