Census: 125 vultures of four species found in Orchha sanctuary
BHOPAL: As many as
125 vultures of four species and their nests have been found in Orchha
Sanctuary in Tikamgarh district during the first-ever vulture census.
The finds include 50
indigenous vultures, 63 White Backed, nine Egyptian and three King Vultures. For
the first time, migratory Cinereous Griffon vulture, which comes from the Himalayas,
was also found. Lucknow University’s zoologist Amita Kanojiya has presented
census report with her recommendations.
forests in Tikamgarh division MC Simhal said only 3 per cent vultures have
survived in the world. IUCN has included vultures of ‘gyps specie’ to
endangered list. As the number of vultures has declined in MP during the last
two decades, the forest department is making special efforts for vulture
The vulture census
was conducted scientifically from December 17 to 18, 2012 in Orchha’s
Sinauniya, Chhatri Samooh, Mador Jahangir Mahal, Kori Guleda and Karipadar
areas. The team that was carrying out the census came across 125 vultures of
White Backed, Long Billed, Egyptian and King species.
As per the census
report, 14 vultures have been found in Sinauniya area of Orchha sanctuary
including one Indian, 11 White Backed, two Egyptian vultures and one nest. As
many as 25 vultures have been detected in Chhatri Samooh area including three
Egyptian and 14 nests of Indian vultures.
In Mador, only one
vulture and one nest each of Egyptian and Indian species were found, while six
Indian, 17 White Backed and three King Vultures were found in Guleda area. Out
of 22 species of vulture, 15 are found in eastern and seven in western countries.
Amendments have been made to the Wildlife Conservation Act-2002 for conservation
of vultures which have come under the Wildlife Act-1972.