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7 days training activities which was conducted by department with Turtle Survival Alliance- India from 23rd to 29th February 2020 at Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary.

1 - Sarsai Nawar Jheel, 2 - Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, 3 - Samaspur Bird Sanctuary, 4 - Sandi Bird Sanctuary, 5- Parvati Agra Bird Sanctuary, 6 - Saman Bird Sanctuary

Total 98 students participate in today's event, 51 for Jain International School and 47 from Sawaswati vidya Mandir. Discussion on water footprint, Ganga aquatic bio diversity and wildlife happened. Activities like quiz on wildlife and water, find my voice game was organized.

दिनांक 12.10.2018 को बाघ संरक्षण व सारस संरक्षण समिति की बैठक प्रमुख सचिव, वन, उ0प्र0 शासन, श्रीमती कल्प‍ना अवस्थी् की अध्य क्षता में सम्प न्नं हुई। बैठक में प्रधान मुख्यस वन संरक्षक और विभागाध्युक्ष, उ0प्र0, लखनऊ एवं प्रधान मुख्यस वन संरक्षक, वन्य‍ जीव, उ0प्र0, लखनऊ एवं दोनों समितियों के सदस्योंख द्वारा भाग लिया गया। इस बैठक में दोनों समितियों के बजट पर चर्चा की गई तथा अनुमोदित किया गया। सारस संरक्षण हेतु आस-पास के गॉवों में सारस की सुरक्षा हेतु सारस मित्र बनाये जाने एवं उन्हेंा सम्मासनित किये जाने का निर्णय लिया गया। प्रमुख सचिव, वन एवं वन्यग जीव, उ0प्र0 शासन द्वारा पौराणिक आख्यांनों, परम्पंरागत कारीगरी आदि के माध्यपम से सारस के बारे में प्रचार-प्रसार हेतु निर्देशित किया गया। इसी प्रकार बाघ संरक्षण हेतु सम्बंन्धित वन क्षेत्रों से सटे हुए गॉवों में प्रचार-प्रसार एवं टाइगर गार्जियन बनाये जाने के सुझाव प्राप्ती हुए। समितियों का विवरण निम्नर प्रकार है:-

On the occassion of Wildlife Week, 15 Gharial were released in Gandak River in Sohgibarwa Wildlife Sanctuary. This is the first time Gharial have been released in Gandak River. The program was chaired by CCF Wildlife Gonda. More than 100 students and more than 500 people in total participated in this program.

World Rhino day celebrated in dudhwa. Bhagwantnagar village near the south sonaripur rhino area. With an awareness camp, in association with wwf.

Hatching of Gharials in river Gerua in Katerniaghat wildlife Sanctuary is about to complete. As per the information collected, there has been around 20 nests, out of which 14 nests had been hatched so far. The clutch size is varying from 25 to 55 eggs per nest.

125 soft shelled living turtles on World's Environment Day have been seized by the officials of Amethi Forest Division from the possession of smugglers. After getting permission from the District Court, they were safely released into Gomti River.

The remaining last nest also got hatched today. The total hatchlings this time stand at 128 as compared to 110 last year. It's hard to believe but a fact that the young ones measuring 35 cm at the time of emergence reside inside such a small egg.

An Indian Rock Python(Python molurus) which had come into habitation, was rescued by a joint team of Belrayan Park Range and Uttar Nighasan Range and was safely released into Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. It was 12 feet long scheduled 1 animal of Wildlife Protection Act.

Gharial Breeding and Rehabilitation Centre, Kukrail on receiving today 88 newborn gavials, sprang up into action with great rejuvenation and enthusiasm. Three out of four nests which were incubated in the hatchery for almost two months yielded into hatchlings. Electrical heating equipments and soil thermometers were incessantly used to maintain a temperature range of 27 to 34 degree centigrade.We only became alert when we heard a series of sound of baby- gharials from within the sand-bed.

Interestingly, temperature is a major decisive factor in determining the sex of the crocodilians. A continued temperature on the higher side supports the birth of male population while the middle/lower one increases the chances of getting female crocodilians. We were quite particular to see that a right proportion of population should be there in the population- mix. In gavialidae family, there is a concept of harem and one male for every three females is an ideal combination. Gharials once inhabited all major river- system of Indian sub-continent from the Irrawaddy river(National river of Myanmar) in the east to the Indus river in the West, but now their distribution is limited to just 2% of their formal range. They are widely found in the rivers with high sand bank and they used that for basking and building nests. They usually mate in the cold season and hatch before the onset of monsoon. In wild this time also, similar pattern was seen to happen. Chambal and Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuaries also received their young ones just a few days back. This is a great promising news keeping in views the dwindling population of critically endangered Gavialis gangeticus.

Out of 15 species found in the state, the Kukrail Breeding Centre harbours more than 11 species of turtles. The center has helped release more than 18000 turtles into its aquatic ecosystem including Ganga.

The occasion was graced by the presence of Swami Vigyananandji.

On the eve of World Turtle Day, 85 Indian spotted turtles( Geoclemys hamitonii) from Gharial Breeding and Rehabilitation Centre, Kukrail in association with Turtle Survival Alliance were released into River Ganges at Om-Ghat in Fatehpur District. These black pond turtles once abundantly found in northern and north-eastern region of India, are on the brink of extinction due to the excessive use of lentic water for agriculture and other purposes. Their illegal poaching and trading are being facilitated by their excessive use in food and pharmaceutical industry.

They are also listed as vulnerable in IUCN Red List of Endangered Species.

The looming threat on their survival has placed them on Appendix 1 of CITES.

These species have been accorded the highest level of security by placing them in schedule 1 of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.

Turtles are known as bio-resources responsible for cleansing the contaminated water bodies.

अंतराष्ट्रीय जैवविविधता दिवस के अवसर पर आज दिनांक 22 मई, 2018 को उत्तर प्रदेश राज्य जैवविविधता बोर्ड द्वारा डॉ राम मनोहर लोहिया राष्ट्रीय विधि विश्वविद्यालयएक के प्रांगण में एक दिवसीय राष्ट्रीय संगोष्ठि का आयोजन हुआ। इस संगोष्ठी में अन्य महानुभाओं के साथ- साथ डॉ मंगला रॉय, पूर्व महानिदेशक, ICAR ने भी जीनोम का सूक्ष्म विश्लेषण करते हुए जैव- विविधता के विकास में पारिस्थिकी पद्धतियों के क्रम को बनाये रखने की बात प्रखरता से रखकर सही समय पर सही intervention करने की आवश्यकता पर बल दिया।

इस अवसर पर माननीय वन मंत्री जी द्वारा 'पृथ्वी पर जीवन की सुरक्षा ' विषयक आयोजित विविध कार्यक्रमों में अव्वल आये स्कूली छात्र- छात्राओं को पुरस्कृत भी किया गया।

बिजनौर- एसटीएफ और वन विभाग की टीम ने बावरिया गैग के दो सदस्यों को पकड़ा, बाघ की खाल के साथ 2 तस्कर गिरफ्तार,अंतरराष्ट्रीय बाजार में खाल और हड्डियों की कीमत करीब 3 करोड़, बढापुर वन क्षेत्र के नगीना बॉर्डर का यह म मामला है

In a major initiative seven South Asian countries have joined hands to crack down on increasing illegal cross-border trade in wildlife in the region.

The decision to set up South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN), the first of its kind, was taken at the maiden meeting of the South Asia Experts Group on Illegal Wildlife Trade in Kathmandu recently.

One of the mandates of the SAWEN is to work towards strengthening of wildlife law enforcement agencies to take on criminals who now adopt sophisticated methods to carry out their activities.

At the meeting, the countries agreed to establish a secretariat and an outline programme for the new organisation. Wildlife experts from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka agreed to the structure, functions and operational parameters of the SAWEN.

Samir Sinha from conservation group Traffic International which has supported the move, said, "After two years of constant efforts finally this major initiative has taken a shape to coordinate and cooperate to effectively tackle illegal wildlife trade in the region."

The Nepal government has offered to host the SAWEN and act as its interim coordinator while the Bhutan government will host the next meeting of the organisation.

"South Asia contains a range of habitats of global significance that support a unique array of animal and plant species... making the region a target for traffickers of wildlife to meet the illicit global demand, Mr. Sinha said."

For instance, Nepal is not only facing tiger crisis but is also being used as a conduit route to smuggle wildlife from India, Mr. Sinha explained.

In the next six months, Nepalese coordinators will assemble information and identify resources and expertise from member countries to develop joint operations, training programmes, communication plans and fund raising to enable the network to bust wildlife trafficking activities.

The three-day meeting was attended by representatives from International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), including from ICPO-Interpol, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the World Customs Organisation besides officials and NGOs from respective countries.

तेंदुए को 12 घंटे बाद बेहोश कर वन कर्मियों ने पकड़ा तेंदुआ पकड़ा गया हिन्‍दुस्‍तान टीम ,महराजगंज

बस्ती के हरैया थाना क्षेत्र के फरदा पुरवा में शनिवार की सुबह एक तेंदुआ घुस गया। उसके हमले में दो लोग घायल हो गए। तेंदुआ की सूचना पर पुलिस, वन विभाग लखनऊ, बस्ती, गोंडा और सोहगीबरवा महराजगंज की टीम मौके पर पहुंची। सुबह छह बजे गांव में दिखा तेंदुए को 12 घंटे बाद शाम छह बजे बेहोश कर वन कर्मी कब्जे में ले पाए। इस दौरान वह गांव के एक घर में घुस कर बैठा रहा।

फरदापुरवा में शनिवार शाम चार बजे सोहगीबरवा महराजगंज की टीम पहुंच गई। पांच बजे के करीब लखनऊ की पहुंची। सामने की बिल्डिंग से चिड़ियाघर लखनऊ के ट्रंक्वलाइजर विशेषज्ञ बृजेन्द्र प्रताप यादव ने निशाना लिया। सोहगीबरवा के सरयू प्रसाद, गोंडा के रामसुभग की टीम छत से जाल डालने को तैयार हुई तो बृजेन्द्र ने इंजेक्शन चला दिया। तुरंत बाद छत से जाल डाल सामने से दौड़े वन कर्मी बल्लियां लगाकर बंद किए।

उसके बाद इंजेक्शन का एक और डोज करीब से मारा गया। करीब 10 मिनट बाद तेंदुआ बेहोश हो गया। वन कर्मियों ने भाला लगे स्थान पर डे्रसिंग की। उसे पिजड़े में बंद किया और लखनऊ चिड़ियाघर के लिए रवाना हो गए। पकड़े गए तेंदुए को देखने के लिए हजारों की भीड़ उमड़ पड़ी।

A stray leopard within 12 hours of getting information was successfully dotted by the officials of Forest Division, Basti and brought to the Lucknow-Zoo. The increasing incident of leopard straying into habitation has been a cause of concern for the Forest Department in recent past.

Sand Boa snakes are in great demand in international market especially countries like China and Malaysia for performing black magic. Each live snake may fetch a price of more than Rs. 25 lakh. Although listed as least concern in IUCN Red List of endangered species and in schedule 4 of Wildlife Protection Act, the species is on the verge of extinction owing to its large scale trafficking.

On receiving a secret information from WCCB New Delhi, Forest officials of Mathura Forest Division seized one Great Horn Owl and two sand boa in Kosi Range today. All the three accused were sent to jail

PCCF WL Sri SK Upadhyay along with Member Secretary State zoo authority and APCCF Sri AK Dwivedi and Others flagged off three leopard to Etawah Safari park. All the new comers are hale and hearty . They are slowly getting accustomed to the new environment.

A stray tiger thriving on wild boars for the last two months in an abandoned rubber factory at the outskirt of Bareilly finally got tranquilized successfully and brought to the Kanpur Zoo. The operation was carried out under the leadership of CF, Bareilly.

Thirty-four years after the successful rehabilitation of one-horned Indian rhinoceros in Dudhwa National Park, 4 rhinos including a male were successfully re-introduced in an another Rhino Rehabilitation Area measuring 1350 ha.of Bhadi Tal in Sonaripu Range. Interestingly, the first re-introduction was carried out in 1984 by bringing 5 rhinos from Assam while this current one was done by its own.

The Indian rhinoceros(Rhinoceros unicornis) is a rhinoceros native to the Indian subcontinent. It is listed a Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

The Indian rhinocerosonce ranged throughout the entire stretch of the Indo-Gangetic Plain of Uttar Pradesh, is again finding its wilderness due to better protection afforded and careful habitat management work.

Ten elephants from Karnataka after covering a distance of approximately 2500 km finally reached to Dhudhwa NP . The whole operation involved a convoy of 50 staff including vets, Wild life warden Dudhawa,WWF,WTI staff,mahavats and field officials under dynamic and well coordinated leadership of Deputy Director.

The presence of these elephants would enhance not only eco-tourism activities in DTR but also combing and rescue operation as required from time to time.

He had planted Harishankari batiks also in Etawah safari park.

Celebrated Earth Day by planting Harishankari vatika.

The Hon'ble Forest Minister Sri Dara Singh Chauhan today i.e. on 9th April 2018 inaugurated the only Butterfly Park of the state at Lucknow-Zoo and made it open to the public. The park is spread over an area of about two acres. It has as many as 80 host plants and attract more than 40 species of butterfly

Important facts about butterfly:-

1- Of the more than 17000 species of butterfly found in the world, India is a home of about 1500 species.

2- Butterflies are the second best pollinators of flowering plants including fruits and vegetables next to bees.

3- They are the cold-blooded animals and hence can't regulate their own body temperature. In order to synergize themselves, they usually bask in sun light to maintain an ideal temperature of about 30 degree celcius. The can't fly if their body temperature falls much below the ideal temperature.

4- After emergence from chrysalis, the average life span of these colourful and vibrant insects is just 2 to 4 weeks. They are the symbol of love and affection.

5- To supplement their diet of nectar, the male butterflies occasionally sip from mud puddles rich in minerals and salts. These nutrients are then transfered to the females during mating. This process helps them produce healthy and viable eggs to keep their generation on.

6- In order to protect themselves from possible predation, butterflies employ all kind of tricks including cryptic colouration and inanimate mimicry .

7- Certain butterflies including Monarch are known to migrate from North to South covering a distance of more than 2000 km to avoid bitter cold. It may, sometimes , even be the third and fourth generation which returns back.

8- Being important component of food- chain especially at the lower trophic level , they provide immense ecological services in maintaining natural balance. Their aesthetic value is par excellent.

9- Most of the butterflies are included in schedule 1 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act. The trapping of which may attract a minimum punishment of 3 years.

10- Butterflies are living creatures of our earth and they also have equal right to live as we humans do.

Just few months ago, the Mamuni and Godwa- hasanpur lakes of Samaspur Bird Sanctuary were reeling under excessive overrun of water-hyacinth. There was almost no sign of aquatic plants beneath these green mats. Only foul smell was emerging out possibly due to the excessive bacterial growth A massive operation for removing these Amazon- colonisers was started using boats, nets and other accessories with the help of locals especially the women. These restoration measures were carried out under funding from IDWH and NPCA.

To our surprise, various types of desired aquatic plants including lotus started coming up rapidly possibly due to the improved filtration of sun-light. Surely, the ecological services of these lakes have revived once again.

It gives us immense satisfaction in sharing that recently we have successfully released 72 gharials(Gavialis gangeticus)of 2015 brought- up into Girwa river of Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary. It took almost 24 hours in packaging, loading, transporting and finally releasing into their habitat. The entire operation was thoroughly successful as there was not a single casualty/injury. Some of the sub-adults ventured quickly into the mid-river within half an hour of release while few of them just watched their fellow members from the river bank. A mother gharial of Girwa was also seen roaming here and there out of curiosity. As per IUCN Red Book of endangered species, the gharials are the most critically endangered crocodilian in the world and are also listed in Appendix 1 of CITES. They are the most endemic species of Indian sub-continent. India through its Gharial Breeding Centre, Kukrail has played a major role in the conservation effort of gharials. Kukrail Breeding Centre apart from supplying gharials to USA ,Japan, Pakistan and other institutions has also helped release more than 5500 of them into wilderness.

On the Occasion International Forest Day, inauguration of Renovation and Upgradation work for Okhala Bird Sanctuary was done by Dr. Harsh Vardhan Hon’ble Minister for MoEF & CC, Science &Technology & Earth Sciences. Dr. Mahesh Sharma Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) of Culture, and Minister of State for MoEF & CC, Shri Siddhanta Das, Director General of Forests , MoEF & CC, Dr Rupak De PCCF & HoFF, UP Forest Department were present in the function.

Sir the vet, WWF personal,WTI vet and team along with my Personell on spot.Dr Naseer present and trying to sort out medicines as the vet team from Pilibhit arrived without any of them.Its being organised and subsequently it will be sedated and radiocollared.Will keep u updated.Regards

Animal radiocolllared successfully and put back in cage.He is slowly reviving.Is under complete observation and will wait for complete recovery .It will be a early morning release.

Hon’ble Chief Justice Bhonsle Saab and Justice Vikram Nath sir on their visit to Dudwa on 10 March and discussing the finer points of Wild life conservation.Had a lovely Tigress sighting.

Turtle Release Program was on 7.03.2018

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