West Bengal will soon have the country’s first community reserve to protect the endangered dolphins.
The dolphin reserve will come up in the stretch of the river Ganges, also known as Hooghly, which is roughly 500 km long.
“A committee is being formed to examine in what way the community reserve would be set up in the Hooghly river between Malda and Sundarbans. We’ll take all stakeholders together in this initiative. It is expected that it would be ready within a year’s time,” state Chief Wildlife Warden Azam Zaidi told PTI. As reported by The New Indian Express.
Less than 2,000 dolphins left in India, the reserve will help the mammmal. The mammal is also declared as the national aquatic animal in 2010.
Azam Zaidi, state Principle Chief Conservator of Forests(Wild Life) said that, “The decision to set up the dolphin reserve was made at a meeting of the state wildlife advisory board on Thursday.”
Often referred as ‘Tiger of the Ganges’, the river dolphin has the same position in a river ecosystem as a tiger in a forest.