07 February 2007

Gharials in Danger

Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus)

The Gharial, or Gavial, is in need of help. Although this species was once the focus of a captive breeding and egg collection program, funding was cut off in 1991. Since that time, only two surveys have taken place. In 1998, 1200 gharials were found, in 2003, a mere 514 were found, and now it is estimated that there are less than 200 still in the wild. Of these, likely 20 or fewer are males.

Read a great feature article about Gharials and the history of their conservation here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

isn't any one donig anything to help? is everybody just sitting back and watching them dissapear? no wonder thay are endangered