Assamese buffaloes tickets to Chattisgarh:
Updated: Nov 23, 2019
As the monsoons end this year, five wild buffaloes, residents of Assam’s Manas National Park, are likely to undertake the longest journey of their lives – to Chhattisgarh’s Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary, located more than 1,500 km away.
On its success rests the future of Chhattisgarh’s state animal: the wild buffalo, which is on the verge of extinction in the central Indian state.
According to latest count, there are only 10 wild buffaloes left in Chhattisgarh, all in the Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary. More worryingly, say conservationists, eight of the 10 wild buffaloes in Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary are male.
Wildlife scientists are now pinning their hopes on the five female bovines from Assam. They hope that the female wild buffaloes will mate with the males in Chhattisgarh, avert the impending extinction scare, and in the process restore gender parity too.
Apart from the two state governments, the Union government has also approved the project. The Chhattisgarh government is expected to return the favour by transporting 40 spotted deer to Assam, said Mishra.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority, whose permission is mandatory as Manas is a designated tiger reserve, has also green-lighted the project. The wild buffalo, classified as endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species, is known to be one of the tiger’s favourite preys.
But if they pull this off, it will be a massive success story and a great help at conservation efforts.
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