June 15, 2024

BENGALURU EXPRESS

Truth Triumphs

Two Gaurs give birth to two calves at BBP

Bengaluru Bannerghatta Biological Park announced the birth of two Gaur calves in December last year.

Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) Chief Conservator and Executive Director Vanashree Vipin Singh confirming the news said that Gaur Shwetha and Kumta have given birth to one calf each, approximately one week apart. One is a male calf and another is a female calf.

In Bengaluru Bannerghatta Biological Park, ten Gaurs are housed in a semi-captive condition within an extent of 68 ha in the Herbivore safari along with other herbivores such as deer and antelopes.

Indian Bison/ Gaur are the largest member of the cattle family, distributed across South and South East Asia occurring in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, China, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Habitat fragmentation and poaching have reduced Gaur numbers to approximately 6000 – 21000 in wild. To protect this species from extinction they are listed under “Schedule I” of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 in India and listed “Vulnerable” by IUCN Redlist globally.

In captivity, zoos play a major role in Ex-situ Conservation by breeding gaurs under conservation breeding program and enhancing their number.

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