Projects to save threatended species

Project Tiger

  • Project Tiger was initiated as a Central Sector Scheme in 1973 with 9 tiger reserves located in different habitat types in 9 different states. There are totally 18 Reserves in 13 states. At present tiger Conservation has been viewed in India not only as an effort to save an endangered species but, with equal importance, also as a means of preserving biotypes of sizeable magnitude.

Crocodile Breeding Project

  • The project was started in Orissa and then extended to several other states in April 1975 with UNDP assistance. The main objective was to protect the three endangered species of crocodiles namely – Gavialis gangeticus, Crocodylus palustris and the salt water crocodile, Crocodylus porosus.

Lesser Cats Project

  • The project was launched in 1976 with the assistance of WWF in India for conservation of four species of lesser cats e.g. Felis bengalensis Kerr, Felis marmorta Martin, Felis lemruinki Vigors Horsfield and Felis viverrina Bennet, found in Sikkim and Northern part of West Bengal.

The Manipur Brow-antlered Deer Project

  • This was launched in 1981 in Manipur to save the brow-antlered deer (Cerevus eldi eldi) which is on the verge of extinction. The habitat includes 35 of park and sanctuary. The population of the deer has increased from 18 to 27.

Project Elephant

  • It was launched in 1991 to protect the Asiatic elephant which is also a highly endangered species because of large scale poaching.

Project Rhino

  • It was launched in 1987 in Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam to save the lesser one horned rhinoceros from extinction. It covers an area of 430 and is the natural of the dwindling rhino.

Himalayan musk deer project

  • This was launched in 1981 to save the endangered musk deer which is facing extinction. Captive breeding has yielded good results.

Project Hangul

  • This project was launched in 1970 in Kashmir valley to save the highly endangered Kashmir stag (Cerevus elaphus hanglu) which is facing extinction. As a result their population has increased

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