By Alisha Shrestha on Dec 07,2017 - 18:03
The only alpha gharial, which belonged to Chitwan National Park, had died on 25th May, after falling into net in Narayani River. The conservationists are deeply concerned with the rumpus as there is no any male gharial in Narayani and Rapti Rivers for breeding.
CNP officials had decided that they would start fetching male gharial on the month of October. But, the plan is yet to take a shape. “We need one more gharial as soon as possible. We could not start searching a new male after the earlier one died, as monsoon had earlier started.” said Ram Chandra Kandel, officer of CNP Chief Conservation. Kandel further expressed that delay in search of male gharial has affected the conservation areas.
Kandel added “August floods wrecked Havoc across the plains including Chitwan. Our Rhinoceros were washed away and many other wild animals were killed in the floods.” The CNP said that it would soon start searching for male gharial as the second phase of election is accomplished, which is dated today (Thursday). They are optimistic that they could get at least one alpha gharial in the rivers.
As per the census conducted in 2016, Nepal has total of 198 gharials- 66 gharials dwelling in Chitwan National Park and remaining 32 in Bardia National Park.
Man Bahadur Khadka, Director General of The Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) had said that they could get help from our neighboring country, India. Hence, Conservation officials were considering seeking help from Indian peer with at least one alpha gharial.Tags - gharial , chitwan National Park , alpha male
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