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Cash reward for rescuing gharials

Cash reward for rescuing gharials

  • The Mahanandi Wildlife Division in Odisha announced a cash reward of Rs 1,000 for rescuing gharials, a critically endangered crocodile species, and informing wildlife personnel.
  • The division will also provide compensation to fishermen, whose fishing nets are destroyed by gharials.
  • The population of gharials in the area was on a decline over the last few years and had reduced to just eight in January 2021.

  • It spiked to 36 when 28 gharials were born last month in the Satkosia gorge of Mahanadi at Tikarpada, Angul district.

  • The gharial is listed in schedule 1 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and also described as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.

  • Their habitat is threatened because of human encroachment and fishing activities.

  • They are genetically weaker than saltwater crocodiles and muggers.