Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Snow leopard Species Recovery Program launched in northern India

Species Recovery Program for Snow Leopards etc. in JK

Jammu - Feb 28, 2010

Jammu and Kashmir government has launched Species Recovery Programme (SRP) for the endangered snow leopards, Mrkhor and Kashmiri stags to prevent their extinction.

"Jammu and Kashmir Government's forest department has launched centre aided SRP for three species- snow leopard, Hangul (Kashmiri stags) and Mrkhor- for reversing the extinction process of such species in J-K," Forest Minister Mian Altaf Said here.

"In year 2009, the estimated population of Hungul has been recorded at 175 only," the Minister said.

He said that a breeding centre for Hangul is being established at Shikargah Tral in Kashmir.

"The project, being funded by Central Zoo Authority of India, Dehradun, has been approved by the Minisry of Environment and Forests, Government of India," Altaf said.

It is being funded under the species recovery Programme of centrally sponsored scheme 'Integrated Development of Wild life Habitats', he said.

Five National Parks and 13 Wildlife sanctuaries are presently being controlled and looked after by the State Wildlife Protection Department, he said.

Three species Hangul, Mrkhor and snow Leopard are specifically covered under Species Recovery Programme (SRP), he said.

Filed At: Feb 28, 2010 17:24 IST

http://news.outlookindia.com/item.aspx?675487

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