Vulture safe zones to be created in India

July 02, 2012 12:00 am | Updated 04:07 am IST - Panaji:

Vulture conservation movement in the subcontinent is set to get a boost with Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) expecting 30 young vultures to be released from the breeding facilities and also marking of vulture safe zones at three places in India by 2014.

As many as 30 young vultures have already been bred at the facilities and they will be released between 2014 and 2015.

MoEF has set up three vulture breeding facilities at Rani, Guwahati (Assam), Pinjore (Haryana) and Buxa (West Bengal).

The MoEF intends to create vulture safe zones spanning across thousands of kilometers where these birds in the captivity would be released.

“The zone between Uttarakhand and Nepal, which spans from Corbett to Katriya Ghat, a Tarai belt, covering 30,000 sq kms, will be earmarked as ‘Vulture Safe’ zone. A belt between Dibrugarh (Assam) to North Lakhimpur (Arunachal Pradesh) will also be conserved as a vulture safe zone where slender-billed and white-backed species of vultures are found, he said. The third zone would be in central India, covering Chhattisgarh, where white-backed and long-billed vultures are found.PTI

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