National Chambal Sanctuary


  • Chambal was once known for its infamous bandits, but today, the region has made a name for itself in the world of wildlife conservation.

About National Chambal Sanctuary

  • Also famously known as National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary, spans across the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan, covering an area of over 5,400 sq km.
  • The sanctuary was established with the main objective of protecting and conserving the unique aquatic species that inhabit the Chambal river; most importantly, for the conservation of the Critically Endangered gharial.
  • Located along the Chambal river, is one of the very few critical habitats for two endangered crocodilian species – the Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) and the Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris).
    • While the mugger is categorised as a Vulnerable species
  • The gharial finds itself in a very tricky situation in terms of its existence in the wild.
    • Being in the Critically Endangered category brings them dangerously close to total extinction from the wild.
  • Chambal river also hosts the Endangered Gangetic river dolphin.

National Chambal Sanctuary

Source: TOI

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