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.

  1. It is part of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.
  2. The park is located on the Indo-Nepali border
  3. The area was established in 1958 as a wildlife sanctuary for swamp deer.
  4. The area was notified as a national park in January 1977.
  5. In 1987, the park was declared a tiger reserve and brought under the purview of the ‘Project Tiger’.
  6. Together with the Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary and the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary it forms the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.


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