Madhya Pradesh at the forefront of wildlife conservation in India
BHOPAL, Madhya Pradesh, June 25, 2020 / PRNewswire / – Madhya Pradesh, the central Indian state that regained the coveted title of ‘Tiger State’ last year, added another feather to its cap as it rose to the top of the count gharials (freshwater crocodiles) this year.
The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus), also known as the gharial is among the longest of all living crocodilians. It has a distinct muzzle, which resembles an earthenware pot known as a ghara hence the name “gharial”. Gharials are only found in fresh water and only leave the water to bask and build their nests on wet sandbanks.
Forestry officials have been working since 2008-09 to increase the number of Gavial. Ongoing efforts for the conservation of wild creatures by forestry authorities are now bearing fruit. The Chambal Gharial Sanctuary is located on the Chambal River (one of the cleanest rivers in India). It is home to incredible species of aggressors, Ganges dolphins and nine types of turtles among which the red-crowned turtle is not found anywhere in the world except at the sanctuary of Chambal. The adjacent river surroundings turn into a bird watcher’s paradise during winters (Nov-Mar). The sanctuary is also home to wildlife such as the golden jackal, chinkara, wild boar, and Indian wolf. The best way to explore the sanctuary is by going on a boat safari which offers the opportunity to spot the many birds and aquatic animals.
The Deori Eco Center in Morena was built for the conservation of the species. The Chambal river crosses Morena forming all the northern limits of this famous district (as it is also home to several monuments from medieval times) which is the meeting point of the Vindhyan plateau and the lower area of the Chambal valley. A gharial can deliver up to 100 to 150 eggs in the summer and collectively thousands of eggs are delivered each year, but unfortunately most of them are washed away by flooding. This is when the main contributor Deori Eco Center kicks in, where around 200 eggs are collected from the sandbanks and are hatched artificially. Newborns are reared for two years. With such clever approaches, the population of gharial has now reached 2,400, making Madhya Pradesh the proud “gharial state” of India.
Slowly, nature and its creatures are rebuilding their presence in Madhya Pradesh, helping it live up to its reputation as “the land of the jungle book”.
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SOURCE Tourism Madhya Pradesh