- As per former wildlife researcher in Odisha forest department only 14 gharials were spotted at Satkosia gorgein Odisha in 2019. June 17 is observed annually as the World Crocodile Day.
- Gharials are found only in India and Nepal.
- It is a river dwelling fish-eater, usually harmlessto humans.
- The gharial is found mostly in Himalayan rivers.
- Inhabitation range:Ganga, Mahanadi, Girwa, Son River, Chambal, Ken, Ramganga River.
- Protected areas:National Chambal Sanctuary and Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary.
- They once inhabited all the major river systems of the Indian Subcontinent, from the Irrawaddy River in the east to the Indus River in the west.
- But, their distribution is now limited to only 2% of their former range.
- IUCN status:Critically Endangered.
India is home to three crocodilian species:
1.The mugger or marsh crocodile
2.The estuarine or saltwater crocodile