Nature & Wildlife

Rajasthan to set up bustard breeding centre

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan government will set up a captive breeding centre for the great Indian bustard in an attempt to boost the wild population of the country’s most critically endangered bird.

The task of conservation will be taken up through two facilities in Kota and Jaisalmer districts, reports The Hindu.

This will be the first such facility in the country aimed at saving the bird, which is the State bird of Rajasthan. Its last remnant wild population of about 90 in Rajasthan accounts for 95% of the total world population.

The captive breeding centre will come up at Sorsan in Kota district, while a hatchery will be set up at Mokhala in Jaisalmer district in the next one year.

The Union Environment and Forest Ministry has sanctioned Rs. 33.85 crore to facilitate the two centres and authorised the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to be its scientific arm.

State Chief Wildlife Warden G.V. Reddy told The Hindu on Monday that the eggs would be fetched from the wild breeding population in the Desert National Park in western Rajasthan and brought to the hatchery. A state-of-the-art egg hatching centre will be raised there.

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