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| Last Updated:: 09/09/2015

Great Indian Bustard In greater danger than tiger in country




The Great Indian Bustard (GIB) is even more endangered than tigers. There are just 200 individuals of this bird species left in different parts of the country. For the first time, an experiment funded by the Union environment ministry is being attempted to bring the species back from the brink of extinction. The plan is to hatch eggs of the GIB and raise hatchlings in captivity in Gujarat and Rajasthan. 

Soon a top scientist from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Dehradun, YV Jhala, will be travelling to the UAE to study the process being followed in that country for raising another variety of the bustard species, Haubora Bustard, which is hatched in captivity there and killed as sport. 

Jhala is set to travel to the UAE for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Specialist Commissioner Chair's meeting, which will deliberate on captive breeding of GIB. The meeting will be held between September 15 and 19. 


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