ROCKYBUL HUSSAIN Phone : (0361) 2237007 (O) Minister – (0361) 2233163 (O) Environment & Forests, Tourism, (0361) 2262970 (R) P&S, Information & Public Relation (03672) 233680 (R) Asom, Dispur, Guwahati – 6. 236345 (R) MESSAGE It gives me immense pleasure to know that the Wildlife Trust of India is bringing out a volume called ‘Biringing BackManas’ and that it is being released in a function being held aptly in Manas on 24th February, 2008. The Manas National Park and Tiger Reserve is the pride of Assam with threatened species like the tiger, elephant, one-horned rhino, wild buffalo, pygmy hog, hispid hare, Bengal florican and now the recently re-discovered Manipur bush quail. In addition to the fauna, its unique grassland habitats was sufficient reasons for UNESCO to bring it under the ambit of the world heritage sites – a reason enough for people of Assam and more specifically for the people of this region to feel proud. Manas suffered in times of strife but now the Assam Government is committed to bringing it back to its former glory. Several initiatives have taken to ensure that this happens but more much more needs to be done. The compendium brought out by WTI will showcase the joint efforts taken by WTI and the Assam Government and the Bodo Territorial Council and is a welcome edition to the conservation efforts in the area. I congratulate all concerned and hope that this edition will prove useful in enhancing capacity of our managers, researchers and conservationist and boost further conservation efforts in the area.