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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Rehabilitation of Gaur (Baysen) in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve sanctioned

Bhopal Posted On Friday, October 08, 2010


By Our Staff Reporter

Bhopal, Oct 8:

The Union Environment and Forest Ministry has sanctioned the project of rehabilitation of Gaur (Baysen) from Kanha Tiger Reserve to Bandhavgarh.

The Gaur species were extinct from Bandhavgarh National Park in the 1990s. The Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, in coordination with the Indian Wildlife Institute and Conservation Corporation of Africa (CC of Africa) had prepared a project in the year 2007 to rehabilitate this species at Bandhavgarh National Park. Under this project in the primary stage, 20 Gaurs are to be brought from Kanha National Park and leave them at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. The Union Environment and Forest Ministry supported this project in September 2007.

Three officers of Indian Forest Service of Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, a veterinary doctor, and a veterinary doctor of Indian Wildlife Institute were given training in South Africa to catch these animals and transport them at the expenses of CC of Africa. At the same time special area were developed in Bandhavgarh National Park for their rehabilitation. The CC of Africa got two vehicles prepared especially as per the technique popular in South Africa to transport these animals and donated them to the forest department free of cost. The forest department has already imported necessary equipments and medicines needed while implementing this project.

Taking all these preparations into consideration the Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan had discussed the matter with the Union Environment and Forest Minister when the latter had visited Bhopal recently. The Madhya Pradesh Forest Department has informed in detail about all above preparations and again appealed the Union Ministry to permit to transfer 20 Gaurs from Kanha to Bandhavgarh. Now all arrangements will be made to bring Gaurs from Kanha and rehabilitate them at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

Navneet Maheshwari
http://www.kanha.in/