Friday, October 9, 2015

India’s first River Dolphin Reserve to come up in West Bengal::

To protect the endangered Gangetic
river dolphins, West Bengal will soon
have the country's first community
reserve for the mammal. A decision to
this effect was taken at a meeting of the
State Wildlife Board. It would be set up
in the Hooghly river and the
methodology to develop the community
reserve is being chalked out by a
separate committee. The stretch of the
Ganges river, also known as Hooghly in
West Bengal, is roughly 500 km long
and it passes through the densely
populated Kolkata before merging with
the Bay of Bengal in the Sundarbans.
According to a World Wide Fund for
Nature (WWF) factsheet, the Ganges
River dolphin, or susu, inhabits the
Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna and
Karnaphuli-Sangu river systems of
Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. Once
found in thousands, there are fewer
than 2,000 Gangetic dolphins left in the
country in the entire distribution range
along the Ganga and Brahamaputra
river system. It was declared as the
National Aquatic Animal in 2010. Often
known as the 'Tiger of the Ganges', the
river dolphin is an indicator animal,
which has the same position in a river
ecosystem as a tiger in a forest.