Gharials On The Chambal

Ramki Sreenivasan
Human activity in the Chambal threatens the Gharial

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One of the most endangered crocodilians in the world, the fish eating gharial has managed to hang on in a few rivers including the Chambal and Girwa in India, thanks to conservation efforts.

The Chambal river (here on the MP-UP border) is under severe pressure from human activity like sand mining and agriculture. The National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary, is a 5,400 sq. kms. protected area for critically endangered Gharial Crocodiles, the Red-crowned roof turtle, the endangered Gangetic Dolphin and vulnerable bird species like Indian skimmer, Sarus Crane, Pallas’s Fish Eagle and Indian Courser.

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