Quote of the Day (24-05-2014)

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“We are losing our Great Indian Bustard, the total number of birds now was as low as 200. Government of India should evolve an action plan to protect the bird, which is on the verge of extinction. According to anecdotal estimates, largest population (110) of this bird was in Rajasthan, while it was also found in Gujarat & Karnataka. Around 10 birds were sighted 5-6 years ago at Rollapadu in AP. Destruction of forests, break-up of corridors, illegal trade, poaching and change in land use as reasons affecting conservation of wild life. A large amount of illegal trade in lesser species like pangolins and turtles was taking place. Steps taken by the government to prevent poaching have made a difference with regard to lions and elephants.”                          -WWF-India Secretary-General

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