Friday, September 13, 2019

Blackbucks at airport site may find a new home at Rabupura

Noida: Gautam Budh Nagar’s forest office has urged the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) to rehabilitate endangered species of wildlife, particularly the blackbucks, that inhabit the site earmarked for the Jewar airport project to places like Rabupura, where a dense population of such wild animals already exist.
YEIDA has already engaged the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to draw up a comprehensive conservation plan for the wildlife species in the land area designated for the upcoming Jewar airport.
“It’s generally observed when there’s a development work taking place, animals start migrating on their own to favourable habitats. But in case there’s a need for intervention, they should be relocated to areas where more of their population exists, such as Rabupura,” district forest officer PK Srivastava said. “We have sent our observations to YEIDA and now the matter is being considered by the WII,” he said, the Jewar area could have less than 50 blackbucks.
The last census carried out for blackbucks had reflected 122 of the endangered antelopes in Gautam Budh Nagar in 2013. But the forest department recently discovered 200 blackbucks in the Rabupura area, which indicates a total population of over 300 such antelopes in the district. A detailed census is awaited since 2018.
13/09/19 Times of India

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