- 13 Aug 2019
- 1 min read
Recently, the government has decided to translocate five female wild buffaloes from Manas National Park in Assam to Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary in Raipur district, Chhattisgarh.
- This will be the longest such translocation in the country ever, that seeks to revive the waning population of Chhattisgarh's State animal.
- The survival hazard of inbreeding, poaching for horns and increasing male population have necessitated the translocation.
- The Central India Wild Buffalo Recovery Project aims to stabilise the wild buffalo population in Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve.
Wild Buffalo (Bubalus arnee)
- The wild buffalo is mainly found in the alluvial grasslands, marshes, swamps and river valleys. They are generally found in areas that have plenty of water holes and resources
- The estimated population of the wild buffaloes in the Northeast is around 3,000-4,000, the largest in the country and accounting for 92% of the world population.
- It is listed under Schedule 1 of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.
- It is classified as endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.