Gharials Are Returning Back to Our Rivers Which Is Success For Environment – Insiderfolks, In the first week of May, 40 gharials (Gavialis gangeticus) were released in the Ghaghara River by the Bahraich Forest Division of Uttar Pradesh, in the midst of a national lockdown due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The animals were taken from the Kukrail Gharial Rehabilitation Center in Lucknow after being tagged.
Just a month later, the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), said the Gandak River, which flows from Nepal to Bihar, registered a good breeding of endangered gharials for three consecutive years.
The birth of 116 gharials on the Gandak River, spanning more than 320 km in the province, made it an opportunity to celebrate earlier this year in June.
Gharials are critically endangered species in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List of Species. The species is also mentioned in Schedule I of the Wildlife Conservation Act , 1972. TSA is active in various environmental work around the region.
“The Ghaghara is an important water corridor for gharials in Uttar Pradesh. The river is the largest left bank tributary of the Ganges. This year, eight males and 32 females were released, “said Shailendra Singh, head of TSA India, who sponsored the whole exercise.
Approximately 250 gharials have been published in the Ghaghara since 2014 according to Singh, barring 2017-2018. And now, there appears to be a boom that is an excuse for nature lovers to rejoice.
Samir Kumar Sinha, Deputy Director of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), said, “We were very happy to see the little gharials come from under the sand. We did a survey in March, and the number came to 260, now it’s going to rise.”
“There was a period when gharials were common throughout the Indian subcontinent, but the number fell alarmingly by 2006 to place them on the endangered list,” he said.
At the beginning of April, three nests holding 94 eggs of fish-eating crocodiles were found and relocated to a safe position away from the bank to guard against erosion.
Watchers looked after the nests until the eggs were hatched, in the midst of the coronavirus lockout, a team of four local watchers looked after the nest till the eggs were successfully hatched into 86 gharials on June 14, after 65-70 days of incubation.
“The hatchlings (gharial babies) were released in the river precisely where the nests were first found. The baby hatchlings were united with the mother, “Sinha said.
One nest in the same place, which remained undetected by the squad, also hatched 30 more babies. So, 116 gharial babies have been successfully introduced to the Gandak River.
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