Wildlife Protected Areas: Rajasthan

Despite being a desert state, Rajasthan has good network of protected areas. The Protected Areas are declared under Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.  Now, Wildlife Protection Act provides for 4 types of Protected areas: National Park – 5 in Rajasthan Wildlife Sanctuary – 25 in Rajasthan Conservation Reserves – 10 in Rajasthan Community Reserves – Apart from these above 4, based on UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere (MAB) the government has nominated Continue Reading

Mahaseer: HC directs government to save endangered fish

A double bench of Justice Vinit Mathur and Justice Govind Mathur of the High Court, has issued directions to Rajasthan government to take necessary steps towards conservation of endangered ‘Mahaseer’ fish in Udaipur Lakes and all other places in Rajasthan. What is Mahaseer ? Mahaseer means Tiger of Lakes or tiger of fishes, it is a fish dwelling in running cold waters. The female Mahaseer is known to swim against the flow for Continue Reading

Leaf-nosed bats sighted after 37 years of extinction

A species of the bats identified as leaf-nosed bat (Hipposideros Fulvus), aboriginal to the Thar desert, has been re-sighted by a group of zoological researchers roosting in ancient caves at Daijar near Jodhpur. The bat specie has been re-sighted after 37 years, last being not reported since 1979 in the Thar. A thorough search inside the cave and its channels has revealed the presence of more than 20 individuals of leaf-nosed bats in Continue Reading

Rajasthan Camel Population declining rapidly

Given the current scenario, the camel (Camelus dromedaries), the State Animal of Rajasthan, may soon figure in the IUCN Red List as a critically endangered species. The 19th Livestock Census of 2012 had registered a sharp decline in camel population in comparison with the 2007 census. According to the census, the population of camels in the state had fallen from 4,21,836 in 2007 to 3,25,713 in 2012, registering a drop Continue Reading

Great Indian Bustard: Critical Status and Conservation Initiatives

Great Indian Bustard (GIB) is a large bird with a horizontal body and long bare legs, giving it an ostrich like appearance, this bird is among the heaviest of the flying birds. The GIB lost to the peacock in the race to become national bird of India. Now it is on the verge of extinction due to modernization of agriculture praces and rapid infrastructural developments. Rajasthan government in collaboration with the Continue Reading

Sloth Bear: Mount Abu & Jessore Wildlife Sanctuaries

This article is based on special article released in Times of India on Sloth Bears of Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary (Rajasthan) & Jessore Wildlife Sanctuary (Gujarat). What is Sloth Bear? There are actually three types of bear found mostly in India: Himalayan Black bear Brown Bear Sloth Bear Out of these, Sloth Bear, is a nocturnal (activity during the night and sleeping during the day), insectivorous bear species native to the Continue Reading

Special Article: Todgarh-Raoli

26 October is the victory anniversary for battle of Dewair. Rajasthan Government released a special article on Todgarh-Raoli Wildlife Sanctuary, yesterday. Below is the summary of the article: तीन जिलों का त्रिवेणी धाम रावली टॉडगढ़ वन्य जीव अभ्यारण्य के नाम से मशहूर यह अभ्यारण्य राजसमन्द, पाली और अजमेर  जिलों में पसरा हुआ है। इस भू-भाग में 55 मीटर ऊँचाई से गिरने वाला मनोरम भील बेरी झरना है जो बरसात के Continue Reading

Wildlife of Rajasthan

Though a large percentage of the total area of Rajasthan is desert and there is little forest cover, Rajasthan has a rich and variety of animal and plant species. This post is collection of information on wildlife of Rajasthan. We shall update important current affairs in the same post. Wildlife of Rajasthan: The Basics  State Animal of Rajasthan: Camel Why: To prevent slaughter, illegal trade and transportation of Camels, as their numbers Continue Reading