Express News Service
BHUBANESWAR: A 12 months after profitable breeding of 28 gharial hatchlings in Mahanadi river, greater than 30 child crocodiles have taken start within the recent waters of Satkosia gorge, scripting yet one more achievement for the Forest division in conservation of the endangered species.
The hatchlings have been noticed on the identical nesting website at Baladamara near Tikarpada in Satkosia (Wildlife) Division, the place the breeding of the species had first been reported in May 2021 after a niche of round 40 years.
A workforce from Nandankanan zoo, that has been implementing the bold ‘gharial species restoration programme’ to revive inhabitants of the fish-eating crocodile in Mahanadi, constantly monitored and documented the nesting with the assistance and assist of Satkosia officers and native communities, mentioned zoo deputy director Dr Sanjeet Kumar.
Kumar mentioned the nesting website was protected and stored underneath fixed remark by the analysis groups and subject officers which helped in profitable breeding of the species. Apart from declaring the environment of the nesting website in Baladamara a no fishing zone and ban on every kind of fishing actions over a 3 km radius, fencing was executed alongside the river financial institution to guard the world from terrestrial predators. This helped in making a conducive environment for breeding of the hatchlings, mentioned Satkosia DFO Saroj Kumar Panda.
After researchers discovered motion of the mom crocodile within the nesting website regularly, CCTV cameras have been put in within the space for round the clock monitoring, survelliance and documentation of the breeding exercise. “The exercise was significant as we rarely find documentation of gharial nesting in the wild,” Panda mentioned.
Meanwhile, the recent batch of hatchlings has introduced one other breakthrough second for the forest officers, wildlife specialists and native communities concerned in reviving the inhabitants of the endangered species in its pure habitat. As a part of the programme, round 20 gharials, together with six in 2021-22, have been launched to Mahanadi river.
Advisor of gharial restoration programme Prof Sudarsan Maharana mentioned a plan shall be devised to enhance monitoring and safety of those hatchlings.