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The Great Indian Bustard

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DNA editorializes:

The great Indian bustard

There is hope yet for the great Indian bustard. The government has finally woken up and is planning a programme akin to Project Tiger to rescue the bird from the brink of extinction.

The initiative comes not a day too soon. The large bird, once commonly seen on the subcontinent’s dry plains, is today down to less than 300 in the wild; some say the number could be as low as 250. With some luck, Union Environment and Forests Minister Jayanthi Natarajan will act before these last few specimens also vanish.

This could have been India’s national bird; reportedly, it lost out to the peacock only because of the name.


Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

December 7, 2011 at 3:52 am

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