- Since June last year, nine Great Indian Bustard (GIB) eggs collected from the Desert National Park in Jaisalmer where a conservation centre has been set up, have hatched, and the chicks are reported to be doing well.
- This is the largest number of hatchings reported within a six-month frame by any GIB conservation programme in the world.
- The Ministry of Environment has allotted special funds to the tune of Rs 33 crore, a part of which was used to set up the incubation and chick-rearing centre in Jaisalmer.
Important Info :
Great Indian Bustard (GIB)?
- Scientific Name: Ardeotis nigriceps.
- Physical description: It is one of the heaviest flying birds.
- Distribution: it is found mainly in the Indian subcontinent. Its population is confined mostly to Rajasthan and Gujarat. Small population also occur in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It is the State bird of Rajasthan.
- Population: Barely 150 of these birds are estimated to be surviving now globally.
- Conservation status:
- Listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection)Act, 1972,
- Listed in Appendix I of CITES,
- Listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List.