October 10, 2020 12:28:47 am
Six Western tragopans raised in captivity had been launched into the Daranghati Wildlife Sanctuary by Himachal Pradesh wildlife officers on Thursday. Western tragopan is the state hen, and a susceptible pheasant species with an estimated world inhabitants of lower than 3,500.
The launched birds, comprising two pairs and two chicks, had been raised in a conservation breeding centre at Sarahan in Shimla district. Around a month in the past, they had been shifted from the centre into the adjoining wildlife sanctuary, and launched into momentary enclosures known as tender pens to assist them adapt to their new atmosphere. On Thursday, they had been set free of the enclosures and into the wild.
“We will now be monitoring the launched birds by GPS-based very excessive frequency (VHF) radio tags, which can assist us decide their habitat vary and behavior throughout excessive winter and the breeding season,” mentioned Sarahan Divisional Forest Officer (wildlife) Dharamveer Meena.
The Daranghati Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the tragopan’s pure habitat, and the location of launch is at an altitude of round 3,200 metres above imply sea stage. According to wildlife officers, the location is a five-hour trek from the breeding centre, and was being developed for the previous six months by constructing tender pens and monitoring predators within the space. “It was a tough trek. So getting supplies and other people there was a difficult process,” mentioned an official.
Addressing the staff concerned within the reintroduction, state Forest Minister Rakesh Pathania mentioned that that is the primary such reintroduction of Western tragopans anyplace on this planet. “If we obtain the goal survival price of the birds, will probably be an enormous day for Himachal Pradesh and its forests,” he added.
Himachal Pradesh has seven totally different species of pheasants, of which the Western tragopan is essentially the most elusive one. Locally known as Jujurana, it’s endemic to the northwest Himalaya and located in North Pakistan, Kashmir, Himachal and probably Uttarakhand.
In 2017, Bird Life International estimated that there are lower than 3,500 western tragopans left within the wild. The pheasantry in Sarahan is the hen’s solely conservation breeding centre on this planet, and at the moment has round 45 birds.
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