The Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation, near Kaziranga National Park in Assam State, is currently home to nine greater one-horned rhino calves, including eight orphaned in monsoon floods last year. Carers at the center hand raise these young rhinos with the aim of reintroducing them to the wild when they are old enough to fend for themselves. Since 2002, the center has raised and released 14 rhino calves, along with young from other species including elephants and wild buffalo. Raising these vulnerable animals requires years of painstaking effort. BORJURI, India — A baby rhino is easy to dismiss as cute. With a barely visible stub of a horn and thick, folded skin that resembles armor, a young rhino can seem small and delightful. But even a few-weeks-old rhino calf can be aggressive. A seemingly harmless calf, on feeling threatened, can come charging at you and cause injury if you’re not careful. With this in mind, I keep my distance from the babies as I walk to the four-acre rhino enclosure at the Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) near Kaziranga National Park. The park, located in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, is one of the last remaining strongholds of the greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis). I am close enough to watch two rhino calves graze some fifteen feet away, but far enough for them to ignore me as they blissfully chomp on grass. These babies are orphans, being hand-raised for a second chance in the wild.