Crocodile Conservation Scheme- IAS Synopsis
Three species of crocodiles are found in India – Gharial – Gavialis gangeticus – found in rivers of North India, Estuarine crocodile Crocodylus porosus, and the Mugger Crocodylus palustris.
The crocodilian population was declining in India before the enactment of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, in response to this, a crocodile conservation programme, the UNDP/FAO Crocodile Breeding and Management Project, was launched in 1975.
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