Guwahati, July 30, 2019:
‘The man who speaks nature’, Manoj Gogoi, has received the prestigious ‘India Star Passion Award 2019’ for his tireless efforts in rescuing animals in and around the Kaziranga National Park for the last several years at the ‘India Star Award, 2019’.
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Seven people from Assam have won the award so far in various disciplines. He will receive a certificate, a medal, and a badge for his efforts.
Manoj Gogoi, a tourist-guide-turned animal-rescuer has carved a unique identity for himself for his dedication in (lovingly) rescuing over 5,000 animals in and around the Kaziranga National Park since 2005.
Speaking to Inside Northeast, Gogoi, who is also the subject of the much-feted documentary ‘The Man Who ‘Speaks’ Nature’ says that he has been rescuing animals since 2005 because of his inherent love for the beasts of the wild. This year too, the renowned wildlife activist has been very busy rescuing the animals stranded due to the floods in Kaziranga.
Disclosing the origins of his love for the jungle-dwellers, he says: “I have always loved animals, from the heart. It has always come naturally to me, it has been an inner calling, to tend to their wounds, to care for them…”
As a testimony to his great love affair with the beasts of the wild, Manoj Gogoi discloses that he once did not visit his house for more than a month as he was too busy taking care of jungle cat cubs whose mother had been run over by a speeding vehicle. “I tend to forget everything when duty calls, when they need my help”, he says with a grin.
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