Indian state sends GPS-tagged gharials back home

Indian state sends GPS-tagged gharials back home

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India: Six gharials have been GPS-tagged and released in a river in Bihar as a measure of saving the last few hundreds of these reptiles. Gharials—fish-eating crocodiles with elongated snouts—are on the verge of extinction because of indiscriminate killing.

Since the 1940s, there has been a drastic decline in gharial population, which has seen a 96% drop from 5,000-10,000 animals to less than 200 in the 1970s. It is now one of the critically endangered species in the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The current population stands at less than 200 mature individuals in India, and less than 35 in Nepal. They are presumably extinct in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan.

Source: Deccan Herald