An India Habitat Trust team is conducting a survey of the critically-endangered grassland species Bengal Florican at Dudhwa National Park.
The Bengal florican:
- It has not been spotted for last few years now indicating a fall in numbers or extinction.
- The Bengal florican also called the Bengal bustard, is a bustard species.
- It is native to the Indian subcontinent, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
- IUCN status: Critically Endangered.
- It is the only member of the genus Houbaropsis.
- Bengal floricans live in open tall grassland habitats with scattered bushes.
Dudhwa national park:
The Dudhwa National Park is located in the Terai belt of marshy grasslands in Uttar Pradesh.
- It is part of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.
- The park is located on the Indo-Nepali border
- The area was established in 1958 as a wildlife sanctuary for swamp deer.
- The area was notified as a national park in January 1977.
- In 1987, the park was declared a tiger reserve and brought under the purview of the ‘Project Tiger’.
- Together with the Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary and the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary it forms the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.
SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB