After nearly two decades, a good news for Satkoshia Sanctuary of Anugul of Odisha. About 28 newborn cubs of gharial crocodile have been spotted playing on the back of a crocodile, which is extinct in the tributaries of the river. The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus), also known as the gavial or the fish-eating crocodileThe cubs are believed to have been born from the genus of two adult female gharial crocodiles and a male gharial crocodiles that has been living in the canyon for many years, while the gharial crocodiles are worried about how the cubs will be protected from the crocodiles of the ferocious species in the canyon of the river.
Notably, this type of crocodiles is one of the most endangered species of crocodiles in Odisha.
The wild gharial population has declined drastically since the 1930s, and is limited to only 2% of its historical range today. Conservation programmes initiated in India and Nepal focused on reintroducing captive-bred gharials since the early 1980s. Loss of habitat because of sand mining and conversion to agriculture, depletion of fish resources and detrimental fishing methods continue to threaten the population. It has been listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List since 2007.
The crocodile expert from abroad stayed here and hatched the eggs. That is why Tikarpada has gained a lot of popularity in the name of crocodile farming.
But over time, that is likely to change. While the crocodiles are disappearing from their natural habitats day by day and the ferocious species of crocodiles, known as the crocodiles, continue to spread throughout the grove. According to the crocodile count, the number of alligators in Satkosia was more than a hundred, while the number of gharials were limited to two-thirds. Despite many years of waiting, no breeding was seen from these gharials. Authorities opposed the protest with all available police forces, special services and the army. In 2014, the state government launched a watch project to bring in new puppies from Nandankanan and breed them. Under the supervision of Prof. Sudarshan Maharana, Adviser to the Crocodile Expert Project, the cubs were brought from Nandankanan and left at various stages in the grove. They were warned not to fish by throwing nets. Although the crocodiles from Nandan Kanan have not breed, the natural environment has returned to the river crocodiles to breed the adult crocodiles for the tireless efforts of the forest department.
“Even though they have been living for many years, they have given birth to cubs,” he said.
In about 181, eggs were hatched in the river, leaving the cubs alone. In no uncertain terms, the cubs were not born. “The birth of a baby is very good news not only for Odisha, but also for India.
The cubs were found in a place named Balad Mara of Satkoshia forest. The forest department took photos of the cubs while they were playing on their mother’s back. The news of the birth of the baby crocodiles in Satkoshia sanctuary after many years is definitely good news.